A second whistleblower has come forward with firsthand knowledge of the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Fox News reports the second individual is also from within the intelligence community who is — like the first whistleblower — being represented by attorney Mark Zaid and his firm.
Andrew Bakaj, the firm’s managing partner, confirmed the new individual has come forward and has already spoken with the intelligence community’s inspector general.
“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 in a tweet, responding to an initial tweet breaking the news.
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.co/05b5aAVm2G
— Andrew P. Bakaj (@AndrewBakaj) October 6, 2019
Fox News adds:
The first whistleblower was subjected to criticism from President Trump and his supporters based on the lack of direct knowledge of the president’s conversation with Zelensky, as well as what Trump has called an inaccurate description of the call. That complaint alleged that Trump pressured the Ukrainian leader into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s involvement with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, as well as Joe Biden’s involvement in the termination of the prosecutor who was investigating the firm. Both Trump and Zelensky claim that no such pressuring took place.
The first complaint, which was filed August 12, led to increased support from Democrats for an impeachment inquiry into the president, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressing support for the effort, after long resisting a push for impeachment from others within her party.
According to the report, both whistleblowers are protected by a “whistleblower law aimed at preventing retaliation for providing information.”
President Trump has repeatedly challenged the first whistleblower’s account as mere hearsay and, in a tweet on Saturday evening, said that another whistleblower would be coming forward.
“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!” Trump said.
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) October 6, 2019