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US News A second whistleblower on Trump and Ukraine might be coming forward

05:50  06 october  2019
05:50  06 october  2019 Source:   vox.com

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A second whistleblower on Trump and Ukraine might be coming forward . The New York Times reported that another official is considering making a whistleblower complaint against the president.

A second whistleblower complaint could bolster those initial allegations, which Democrats have already used to open an impeachment inquiry against Trump . Trump did not explicitly threaten to withhold anything from Zelensky or Ukraine , and he has denied allegations of a quid pro quo.

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A second whistleblower is now considering filing a complaint about President Donald Trump’s conduct regarding Ukraine, the New York Times reported Friday.

This whistleblower has “more direct information about the events than the first whistle-blower,” according to the Times. It’s a claim that, if true, could bolster the credibility of the initial complaint that triggered the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into whether Trump solicited election interference from Ukraine.

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WASHINGTON — A second intelligence official who was alarmed by President Trump ’s dealings with Ukraine is weighing whether to file his own formal whistle - blower complaint and testify to Congress, according to two people briefed on the matter.

Intelligence official was interviewed by watchdog to corroborate initial complaint about Trump ’s dealings with Ukraine , report says.

The first whistleblower’s complaint, which was released in redacted form to the public in late September, alleged that on a July 25 phone call Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to push for investigations into potential 2020 rival Joe Biden.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump answers a reporter’s question about a whistleblower in the Oval Office September 30, 2019.  © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Donald Trump answers a reporter’s question about a whistleblower in the Oval Office September 30, 2019.

One of Trump’s lines of attack against the first whistleblower’s complaint is that it is predicated upon secondhand knowledge. (That argument is only partially accurate: the whistleblower did rely on information from several other officials to compile information in his complaint, but he also did have at least some “direct knowledge of certain alleged conduct,” according to the office of the inspector general for the intelligence community.) If the second whistleblower has more firsthand information, it would make allegations of misconduct stronger still.

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The tweets came in response to Romney’s sharp criticisms the previous day of the president’s appeal to foreign countries to conduct investigations into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, a potential political rival A second whistleblower on Trump and Ukraine might be coming forward .

The first intelligence officer blew the whistle on President Trump ’s dealings with Ukraine in August; the complaint centered on his July phone conversation with Ukraine ’s president. Although Donald Trump denies any wrongdoing, another complaint, this time from a person closer to the events

The second whistleblower is one of the officials that intelligence community inspector general Michael Atkinson interviewed to corroborate claims made in the initial complaint, according to the Times. Federal law would protect the whistleblower from retaliation, since he’s cooperating with the inspector general.

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. holds up a copy of a White House released rough  transcript of a phone call between President Donald Trump and the President of Ukraine as Schumer speaks to the media about an impeachment inquiry on President Trump, Wednesday Sept. 25, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. holds up a copy of a White House released rough transcript of a phone call between President Donald Trump and the President of Ukraine as Schumer speaks to the media about an impeachment inquiry on President Trump, Wednesday Sept. 25, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A second whistleblower with a more intimate familiarity with the events could bolster the allegations against Trump amid pushback from the president and his allies. But it’s important to remember that key allegations from the first whistleblower have already been confirmed by the White House itself and text messages released by the State Department.

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A second intelligence official with even more direct information on President Donald Trump ’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into meddling in the presidential election may come forward to Congress, The New York Times reported Friday night. A potential second whistleblower would further implicate Trump .

The second official is considering coming forward and speaking to Congress, according to The New York Times. President Donald J. Trump talks about the first whistleblower during a meeting with President of Finland Sauli Niinisto in the Oval Office at the White House on Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019

We know that the first whistleblower was right about a lot

Many of the allegations of the first whistleblower, a CIA officer who was for a time detailed to the National Security Council, have been confirmed as more and more information about Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine has been released.

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Vox’s Aaron Rupar broke down the details in an explainer:

[The first whistleblower’s] account of the call uncannily matches the memo about it released by the White House. According to the memo, after Trump congratulated Zelensky on his win and criticized other European countries who have “done almost nothing for you,” he asked the new Ukrainian president to “do us a favor” and brought up his desired investigations into the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe that concluded Russia interfered in the 2016 election on his behalf — and also asked for an investigation into Biden.

Not only was the whistleblower correct about the broad outlines of the Trump-Zelensky call, but he had particular details right. For instance, the complaint alleges that Trump pressured Zelensky to “meet or speak with two people the President named explicitly as his personal envoys on these matters, [his personal lawyer Rudy] Giuliani and Attorney General [William] Barr, to whom the President referred multiple times in tandem.”

That allegation is confirmed by the White House’s memo.

And the White House has also confirmed the accuracy of the whistleblower’s complaint that that there was an apparent cover-up of what happened on the call. The White House admitted in September that it had placed the transcript of the call in a highly classified system, and has failed to convincingly explain why it went to unusual lengths to suppress the transcript.

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A second intelligence official is considering filing a whistleblower complaint regarding President Donald Trump 's interactions with Ukraine , The The second intelligence official is said to have more direct knowledge of the call, The Times reported. The first complaint was released to the public last

A second whistleblower reportedly may file a complaint containing even more details of President Donald Trump ’s attempt to strong-arm the Ukrainian The New York Times reported on Friday night that the second whistleblower , who has more direct information than the first whistleblower on the

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And on top of all this, text messages released by House Democrats on Thursday revealed more evidence of a Trump campaign to pressure Ukraine into intervening in the 2020 election in exchange for political or policy favors from the administration.

Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains:

The texts are ugly. They reveal that top State Department diplomats worked with the president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to try to get Ukraine to commit to politicized investigations demanded by President Trump into the gas company Hunter Biden served on the board of — Burisma — as well as into Ukraine’s role in the 2016 election. Trump has been trying to drum up phony scandals on both topics, to hurt Biden’s presidential run and discredit the Mueller investigation.

The texts reveal that the pressure campaign was presented this July as a quid pro quo — if Ukraine committed to these investigations, the US would agree to a White House meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky. For weeks, these State officials tried to get Zelensky to publicly announce he was conducting these investigations, in exchange for the meeting — but Zelensky apparently refused. (The Bidens are never mentioned by name in these texts, “Burisma” is used instead, but Trump was not so careful when talking to Zelensky on the phone in July.)

Second Whistle-Blower Has Been Interviewed Over Trump’s Ukraine Dealings

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TRUMP : "The so-called ' Whistleblower ' has all second hand information." — tweet Tuesday. GOP HOUSE MINORITY LEADER KEVIN McCARTHY: " Whistleblowers were required to provide direct, first-hand knowledge of allegations but just days before the Ukraine whistleblower came forward

Reports of a second , more formidable whistleblower loom, as scrutiny of Trump ’s calls with foreign leaders continues in embarrassing detail. According to the Times, an unnamed intelligence official with “more direct information” on Trump ’s call with Ukraine president Volodymr Zelensky is

The texts get even uglier in late August and early September. That’s when Trump’s decision to hold up $400 million in military aid for Ukraine entered the discussion. One State diplomat, Bill Taylor, twice raised concerns that this was connected to Trump’s demands for investigations and with US politics. And, twice, Ambassador Gordon Sondland responded by urging him to talk on the phone rather than by text message.

The text messages lend more credence to the allegation that Trump has sought to pressure Ukraine into interfering in the 2020 election.  

A second whistleblower could make the stack of growing evidence even stronger.

Gallery: President Trump’s pressure on Ukraine draws comparisons to Watergate (USA TODAY)

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