Weekend Reads Trump criticizes supposed second whistleblower
Mounting evidence buttresses the facts laid out in whistleblower complaint
New documents, firsthand accounts and statements by President Trump himself that corroborate the claims have emerged on a near-daily basis.But over the past two weeks, documents, firsthand witness accounts and even statements by Trump himself have emerged that bolster the facts outlined in the extraordinary abuse-of-power complaint.
President Trump took aim at a second unnamed intelligence official who is reportedly considering filing a complaint against Trump and testifying before Congress about the president's contacts with Ukraine's president on Saturday.
Trump tweeted that the official, whose identity remains a secret, was a member of the "deep state" conspiracy he has argued is working to undermine his presidency.
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"The first so-called second hand information 'Whistleblower' got my phone conversation almost completely wrong, so now word is they are going to the bench and another 'Whistleblower' is coming in from the Deep State, also with second hand info. Meet with Shifty [Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Keep them coming!" Trump tweeted.
Odd markings, ellipses fuel doubts about the ‘rough transcript’ of Trump’s Ukraine call
Current and former U.S. officials studying the document pointed to several elements that, they say, indicate that the document may have been handled in an unusual way. Those include the use of ellipses — punctuation indicating that information has been deleted for clarity or other reasons — that traditionally have not appeared in summaries of presidential calls with foreign leaders, according to the current and former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the elaborate, non-public process.
The first so-called second hand information "Whistleblower" got my phone conversation almost completely wrong, so now word is they are going to the bench and another "Whistleblower" is coming in from the Deep State, also with second hand info. Meet with Shifty. Keep them coming!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
Trump's referral to "shifty" Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared to be a reference to Republican efforts to discredit House Democrats' impeachment inquiry as well as the first whistleblower to raise concerns about his conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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Attorney says he's representing second Trump whistleblower from intel community
Attorney Andrew P. Bakaj on Sunday confirmed that his firm is representing another whistleblower in connection to a formal complaint about President Trump's alleged interactions with Ukraine. "I can confirm that my firm and my team represent multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General," Bakaj said on Twitter. IC WHISTLEBLOWER UPDATE: I can confirm that my firm and my team represent multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General. No further comment at this time. https://t.
Republicans have argued that the first whistleblower, who met with a member of Schiff's congressional staff before filing a complaint, is a partisan operative who did not have first-hand knowledge of Trump's conversations.
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Democrats argue that a readout of Trump's July phone call with Zelensky, during which he repeatedly asked Zelensky to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, proved the whistleblower's concerns to be true.
Trump allies concerned he doesn't understand gravity of impeachment fight .
President Donald Trump and those close to him have lagged in mounting a viable defense nearly a week since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she would launch a formal impeachment inquiry. Pelosi and her deputies have signaled they'll work quickly to depose key players in the Ukraine scandal, hoping for swift proceedings that won't spill into the 2020 election year. But Trump has been slow to cobble together a response, convinced he has no need for a separate impeachment team and confident in his own ability to counter-message Democrats, multiple sources close to the White House told CNN.
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