October 6, 2019

Impeachment Update: Now There Are Two Whistleblowers

  • Executive

By: Nate James

In Brief:

Another “whistleblower” has come forward to complain about a phone call President Trump made to the Ukrainian president.

The Background:

RP reported previously that the U.S. House of Representatives, which has a Democrat majority, launched an impeachment investigation against President Trump after an anonymous “whistleblower,” who we now know was a CIA officer detailed to the White House, complained that the president pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to “look into” questionable behavior by Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Hunter Biden made millions of dollars as a board member of a Ukrainian gas company while his father was vice-president and in charge of relations between the U.S. and Ukraine. The company Hunter Biden worked for was under investigation for corruption, and Vice President Biden had the prosecutor who was looking into the case fired, threatening to withhold a $1 billion loan from the U.S. if he wasn’t taken off the case.

Now, the AP reports, “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, according to the lawyer for the two.”

Why It Matters:

Democrats in favor of impeaching the president claim the second whistleblower adds credence to the complaint made by the first whistleblower, much of whose complaint was based on second and third-hand knowledge. This second whistleblower, however, has yet to file a formal complaint, casting doubt onto the legitimacy of his “firsthand knowledge.”

Notable Quotes:

“I think this is a nightmare for the Biden campaign.”

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Nate James writes from Texas.

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