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Politics Trump calls on Ukraine whistleblower to come forward

18:08  03 november  2019
18:08  03 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Ukraine whistleblower's lawyers say client's identity no longer relevant

  Ukraine whistleblower's lawyers say client's identity no longer relevant The lawyers who represent the whistleblower who first came forward with allegations about President Trump's contacts with Ukraine are arguing that the identity of their client is no longer relevant now that more information about the complaint has publicly come to light. Lawyers Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid wrote in an op-ed published Friday in The Washington Post that witnesses interviewed by House Democrats have "substantiated" theLawyers Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid wrote in an op-ed published Friday in The Washington Post that witnesses interviewed by House Democrats have "substantiated" the whistleblower complaint that raised concerns about Trump pressing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an i

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday called on the whistleblower whose concerns prompted an impeachment inquiry to " come forward ," appealing directly to the intelligence community employee in a stark departure from norms of conduct in such cases.

The White House pushed back on claims made by the whistleblowers regarding the phone call between the president and Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday called on the whistleblower whose concerns prompted an impeachment inquiry to come forward, appealing directly to the intelligence community employee in a stark departure from norms of conduct in such cases.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: President Donald Trump departs the White House en route to New York© Reuters/Yuri Gripas FILE PHOTO: President Donald Trump departs the White House en route to New York

The Republican president is under increasing pressure as the House of Representatives forges ahead with its investigation of whether Trump solicited help from Ukraine as he seeks re-election next year. Leaders of the Democratic-controlled House expect to begin public hearings in the next few weeks.

Top Ukraine expert shows up for work despite Trump's repeated attacks

  Top Ukraine expert shows up for work despite Trump's repeated attacks As President Donald Trump has ramped up his attacks on Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council's top Ukraine expert has continued to report to work, CNN has learned. © Manuel Balce Ceneta/APBehind closed doors, Vindman testified before House impeachment investigators for more than 10 hours last week. He was the first witness who listened to the July call with the leader of Ukraine to go under oath.

A second whistleblower has come forward with information about President Donald Trump ’s call with the president of Ukraine , according to attorneys representing that whistleblower and the intelligence official whose earlier complaint set off a series of events that led to an impeachment inquiry.

Attorneys representing the whistleblower at the center of the Trump - Ukraine scandal have announced that a second whistleblower has come forward .»

The inquiry was launched after a whistleblower complaint from an intelligence official concerned that the president's actions on Ukraine were illegal and jeopardized national security.

"The Whistleblower got it sooo wrong that HE must come forward. The Fake News Media knows who he is but, being an arm of the Democrat Party, don’t want to reveal him because there would be hell to pay. Reveal the Whistleblower and end the Impeachment Hoax!" Trump said in a Twitter post.

Trump has repeatedly lashed out at the whistleblower and called for his identity to be made public. He denies any impropriety and says the impeachment is politically motivated.

It was the first time he appealed directly for the whistleblower to come forward.

The impeachment focuses on Trump's request in a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival, and his son. Lawmakers are also looking at testimony that Trump withheld $391 million in U.S. aid from Ukraine to pressure Zelenskiy to launch, and publicly announce, such a probe.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Texas Republican reiterates call to protect Ukraine whistleblower’s identity .
Texas Republican reiterates call to protect Ukraine whistleblower’s identity , though he agreed with his party’s calls to have Hunter Biden testify in the first public impeachment hearings set to begin this week. Hurd, a retiring Texas Republican who spent years in the CIA, told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that outing the whistleblower by compelling their testimony in a public hearing would send a chilling message to potential whistleblowers in the future.“I think we should be protecting the identity of the whistleblower.

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