A second whistleblower has come forward in connection with the impeachment case against US President Donald Trump, lawyers for the first one said.
Lawyer Mark Zaid said the new whistleblower is an intelligence official — like the initial one — and has first-hand knowledge of some of the allegations the initial whistleblower mentioned in his complaint, which ultimately led to impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
However, no details have yet been released about the second whistleblower’s claims.
On July 25, this year, President Trump made a phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
While on August 12, the first whistleblower, in his complaint filed with the inspector general, mentioned information received from half a dozen US officials expressing concern that Trump was using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign nation.
This comes in the backdrop of Trump seeking a second term in the 2020 elections.
According to sources, it is also alleged that Trump leveraged $400 million in aid to solicit a promise from the Ukraine President to probe Democratic rival and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who worked as a director of a Ukrainian energy company.
US Republican Senators Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse and Susan Collins too expressed concerns, besides the Democrats, over Trump reaching out to foreign countries to help him in his 2020 re-election bid.
However, other Republicans have firmly supported Trump on October 6, saying that the call was not significant.
The telephone call with Zelensky plus the whistleblower complaint prompted the House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move an impeachment inquiry on September 24.
She said Trump’s attempts to seek interference jeopardised US election integrity and were a threat to national security.