Impeachment inquiry into President Trump heats up with new subpoenas, whistleblowers

Attorney Mark Zaid, a lawyer for the original whistleblower now says a second whistleblower has spoken to the intelligence community’s internal watchdog and has information that backs the original whistleblower’s complaint about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

That second whistleblower has not filed a complaint with the inspector general, but the key difference now is this 2nd whistleblower has “firsthand knowledge that supported” the original whistleblower.

This 2nd whistleblower also works in intelligence.

The disclosure of a second whistleblower threatens to undermine arguments made by Trump and his allies against the first whistleblower: that the complaint was improperly filed because it was based on secondhand or thirdhand information.

Trump and his supporters have repeatedly rejected the accusations he did anything improper.

Doubling down on this, Trump also publicly asked China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter on corruption. Reports also came out that Trump had asked Australia for help to discredit the Muller investigation.

On Friday, Trump acknowledged Democrats in the house “have the votes” to begin a formal impeachment inquiry, but he says he’s confident it will backfire politically and they won’t have the votes to convict him in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Several Republican lawmakers have said there was nothing wrong with Trump’s July phone call during which the president pressed Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Last week, House Democrats had already subpoenaed President Trump’s private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. They also sent subpoenas to the White House, requesting a vast trove of documents, including from vice president Mike Pence, to better understand President Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was subpoenaed as well.

On Friday, Trump spoke to reporters and reiterated this is all about corruption.

New subpoenas were sent to the pentagon and the Office of Budget and Management demanding documents on Trump’s decision to withhold aid to Ukraine.

In another blow to President Trump on Monday morning a federal judge issued a ruling that effectively ordered President Trump’s accountants to turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney. Trump’s lawyers quickly appealed that decision, and an appeals court temporarily blocked the ruling for now.

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  • Mario
    8 October 2019 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    There are 100 Senators(GOP=53,Dems=47),it needs 2/3 or 67 votes from the Senators to impeach Trump.DEMS needs 20 more Votes, waste of time.Impeachment INQUIRY is not a court,it is a fishing expedition.Trump pushing for a House votes to charge him. Dems have the Votes and GOP waiting for the DEMS candidate for re-election who will vote to charge Trump for impeachment.After the House Votes, GOP can now investigate all Dems whisleblowers and GOP will be in control, they can delay it, extend it and decide to have the Final VOTE which is NO IMPEACHMENT. The well funded GOP will focus to defeat all Dems candidates for the House on 2020. But they needs only 19 seats for GOP to gain majority on the House.WH waiting from NPelosi important House BILL, the USMCA(former NAFTA) Canada & Mexico Prez already signed 4 months ago and Canada is going to have an election soon.The Reduced prescription Medical Bills still pending and Immigration Border reform bills.Trump called DEMS a DO NOTHING House, they want Trump to fail…