As the White House and its Republican allies in Congress continue to try and downplay the complaint made by a whistleblower two weeks ago regarding a phone call President Donald Trump made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky back in July, more bad news arrived in the form of a another official with a U.S. intelligence agency that has informed the inspector general that he or she has “first-hand knowledge” of the discussion between Trump and Zelensky and is prepared to testify the House impeachment inquiry committee, according to both the Washington Post and ABC News:
“Mark Zaid, the attorney representing the whistleblower who sounded the alarm on President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and triggered an impeachment inquiry, tells ABC News that he is now representing a second whistleblower who has spoken with the inspector general.”
NEWS UPDATE: I can confirm this report of a second #whistleblower being represented by our legal team. They also made a protected disclosure under the law and cannot be retaliated against. This WBer has first hand knowledge. https://t.co/zYkUYgJ0mE
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) October 6, 2019
Another account of the call with Zelensky — especially a first-hand account — would serve to bolster the original complaint made by another member of the intelligence community who told the inspector general about the alleged quid pro quo Trump made to the Ukrainian leader to release military aid if Ukraine would agree to investigate business dealings by Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden.
All of this comes on a day when disillusioned Republicans appeared on the Sunday news shows to slam Trump’s actions in regard to Ukraine and the growing scandal which threatens to engulf the administration.
According to the Post, former Illinois GOP congressman Joe Walsh told CNN host Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that Trump is a “traitor” and “a threat to this country” who “deserves to be impeached,” adding:
“’Nobody from the White House and no high-level Republicans are on the show today, because there’s nothing to defend,’ Walsh said, referring to host Jake Tapper’s claim that while the show had contacted the White House and Republicans in both chambers of Congress, no one had agreed to come on to address the impeachment charges. ‘There’s enough we know now to impeach this president.'”
And former Republican congressman Mark Sanford of South Carolina called Trump’s behavior “troubling” and “wrong,” noting that if he had a vote to impeach Trump, he would probably cast it in the affirmative.
If the new whistleblower does indeed testify — and if others also come forward, as some have predicted — Trump could be faced with no other recourse than to resign in disgrace rather than risk being tried in the Senate and found guilty.