There has been quite a debate raging in our nation’s capital over the impact of a phone call that took place in July between US President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodomyr Zelensky.
Just over a week ago, an anonymous whistleblower filed a formal complaint with the US government asserting that President Trump was using the power of his office to exert pressure over Ukraine, and in matters that could only be seen as personal and political. This whistleblower complaint has ballooned now into a “formal impeachment inquiry” for the Democratic Party with several arguments regarding the declaration’s validity still outstanding.
This whistleblower’s admission to having only second and third-hand knowledge of the conversation in question is one of the major talking points that Republicans have been utilizing as of late.
But now a new whistleblower has almost emerged, with what he or she claims to be “more direct” knowledge of the now-infamous phone call.
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.
The official has more direct information about the events than the first whistle-blower, whose complaint that Mr. Trump was using his power to get Ukraine to investigate his political rivals touched off an impeachment inquiry. The second official is among those interviewed by the intelligence community inspector general to corroborate the allegations of the original whistle-blower, one of the people said.
The inspector general, Michael Atkinson, briefed lawmakers privately on Friday about how he substantiated the whistle-blower’s account. It was not clear whether he told lawmakers that the second official was considering filing a complaint.
President Trump has maintained his innocence throughout these ten days of disparagement, describing his phone call with Zelensky as “perfect” on several occasions.
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