This one claims to have firsthand knowledge of the events described in the first whistleblower complaint.
President Donald Trump raged at Democrats late on Sunday night after a second whistleblower emerged over the weekend claiming to have “firsthand knowledge” of events central to the impeachment inquiry.
Trump directed his ire at Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House intelligence committee, and the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), claiming they were guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors, and even treason” and should be “immediately impeached.”
Trump’s anger comes as Republicans are becoming increasingly uneasy about the weight of evidence that is emerging supporting claims that the president used his position to try and force Ukrainian President Vlodomyr Zelensky to dig up dirt on Joe Biden and his son.
That pile of evidence is likely to increase in the coming days: attorney Mark Zaid confirmed on Sunday that he is representing a second whistleblower with “firsthand knowledge” of the events central to the first whistleblower complaint, which was filed in August.
Democrats will be eager to speak to the new whistleblower as the information provided could help counter claims from Trump that the original whistleblower was providing inaccurate, secondhand information — despite a rough transcription backing up the whistleblower’s account of the call.
Not a lot is known about the new whistleblower, except that they are a member of the intelligence community and has spoken to the intelligence community’s inspector general. The official has yet to file a formal complaint.
Zaid’s partner Andrew Bakaj subsequently tweeted that the pair “represent multiple whistleblowers” but would not say if that means more than the two known whistleblowers.
The White House continues to deny any wrongdoing, but it has been accused of stonewalling the inquiry by refusing to hand over relevant documents and preventing officials from speaking to the committees investigating the situation.
On Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his department would comply with the request, but complained that his staff were being harassed.
Trump attempted to calm GOP nerves in a call with House Republicans on Friday, repeating the same lines he has been making in public: that the call was “perfect” and that he did nothing wrong.
He also, however, revealed for the first time that he only made the call at the urging of Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
“Not a lot of people know this but, I didn’t even want to make the call. The only reason I made the call was because Rick asked me to. Something about an LNG [liquefied natural gas] plant,” Trump said on the call, according to a source speaking to Axios.
Cover: President Donald Trump gestures while speaking to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, before his departure to nearby Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Civil War, Ed Henry, and Someone Named ‘Joe’: Trump’s Wild Sunday on Twitter
In one of his 40-odd tweets of the day, he warned of “Civil War-like fracture” if he’s impeached, quoting a Southern Baptist preacher with a history of anti-Semitic and anti-Islam remarks.
President Donald Trump ended a whirlwind Sunday on Twitter by claiming that his impeachment could cause “a Civil War-like fracture” in the country.
Trump said in his 40th-or-so tweet of the day that “if the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.”
He was quoting his ardent supporter Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist preacher who has previously said he believes all Jews are going to hell and called Islam a “false religion.”
Many criticized Trump’s comment, including Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who served in Iraq and is a pilot in the Air National Guard. He labeled the president’s claim as “beyond repugnant.”
“I have visited nations ravaged by civil war. I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President. This is beyond repugnant,” Kinzinger tweeted.
Many others on Twitter asked the company whether the tweet violated the company’s policies on inciting violence.
The leader of the heavily-armed far-right Oath Keepers militia embraced Trump’s “civil war” comment in a series of tweets on Monday morning.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from VICE News.
Trump is under increasing scrutiny after a government whistleblower complained about Trump’s effort to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his son in return for military aid. Last week the Democrats announced a formal impeachment inquiry into the president’s conduct.
Trump was quoting Jeffress after he appeared on Fox News on Sunday and it appears that Trump spent a large portion of his Sunday sitting in front of his television and tweeting.
Another altercation on Fox News, between Fox News hosts Ed Henry and conservative radio personality Mark Levin, appeared to excite the president the most, with Trump commenting on an on-screen argument between the pair 22 times.
All of Trump’s tweets were pro-Levin, who was defending his call to the Ukrainian president, or anti-Henry, who was asking if it was OK for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival.
He retweeted someone named “Joe” who said that Henry got his “ass handed to him” by Levin. He retweeted another person who said, “Mark Levin sure put that lying shit head Ed Henry in his place didn’t he?”
Trump also took time during his Sunday Twitter tirade — which included more than 40 tweets — to offer to meet the whistleblower who sparked the current Ukraine scandal; said that House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff should be investigated for treason; and mentioned a State Department probe into Hillary Clinton’s “deleted and acid-washed” emails.
He also found time to wish his Jewish followers a happy Rosh Hashanah.
Cover: President Donald Trump speaks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)