Second Whistleblower Comes Forward in Trump-Ukraine Scandal
By: Steve Herman
A second US intelligence whistleblower has come forward with concerns about President Trump’s July telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Attorney Mark Zaid, who represents both whistleblowers, confirmed the news to VOA.
Zaid says the new whistleblower has what the lawyer calls “firsthand knowledge” of the Trump phone call, substantiating the original whistleblower’s complaint – that Trump reached out to a foreign government to dig up dirt on 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Until now, Trump has complained that the first whistleblower came forward with so-called third hand information about Trump’s call to Zelenskiy. The call shows Trump asking Zelenskiy to look into alleged corruption in Ukraine by Biden and his son Hunter, setting off a Democratic-led House impeachment inquiry into Trump.
Trump reacted Sunday to news of a second whistleblower with a flurry of tweets, repeating unproven claims of corruption by the Bidens.
“The Biden family was PAID OFF, pure and simple. The fake news must stop making excuses for something that is totally inexcusable,” Trump said.
He has alleged that when Joe Biden was vice president, he threatened to hold up loan guarantees to Ukraine unless it fired a prosecutor investigating a gas company on which Hunter Biden had a seat.
Trump also accuses Hunter Biden of taking $1.5 billion from China “for no apparent reason” and has publically called on China to investigate the Bidens.
“There is NO WAY these can be legitimate transactions? As lawyers & others have stated as President I have an OBLIGATION to look into possible or probable CORRUPTION,” he tweeted.
No evidence of corruption by the Bidens in Ukraine or China has been found.
Hunter Biden and several partners reportedly met with a Chinese private equity investor on starting a global investment fund with capital from China and other countries.
According to the New Yorker magazine, a Biden lawyer says Hunter joined the board of investors after his father was no longer vice president.
Trump insists there was nothing wrong with his July 25th phone call with Zelenskiy, describing it as “perfect,” and accusing House Democrats of trying to orchestrate a “coup.” (VOA)
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