Second Whistleblower Could Undercut Trump’s Pushback on Original Complaint
The attorney representing the whistleblower who filed a formal complaint against President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, Mark Zaid, is now representing a second whistleblower who has already spoken with the inspector general, according to ABC News.
Zaid told ABC News that the second whistleblower has first-hand knowledge of some of the allegations outlined in the original complaint, which could undercut President Trump’s insistence that it is “totally inaccurate.”
While the intelligence official has not yet communicated with the congressional committees conducting the impeachment inquiry, they have been interviewed by the head of the intelligence community’s internal watchdog office, Michael Atkinson.
Both officials, Zaid said, have full protection of the law intended to protect whistleblowers from being fired in retaliation, another area of law that Trump seems to be unfamiliar with.
“Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called “Whistleblower,” represented a perfected conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way,” Trump tweeted Sept. 29, three days after the original complaint was filed.
According to the Federal Election Commission, it is illegal for anyone to receive something of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election. However, that may not matter because the Constitution allows Congress to decide what constitutes an impeachable offense.