Second whistleblower comes forward in Trump-Ukraine scandal

Image: Donald Trump
President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House on Oct. 4, 2019. Copyright Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP
Copyright Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP
By Max Burman, Kelly O'Donnell and Allan Smith with NBC News Politics
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button

The first whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president led to Democrats' impeachment inquiry.


Attorneys representing the whistleblower whose complaint about President Donald Trump's call with the president of Ukraine set off a series of events culminating in an impeachment inquiry confirmed to NBC News Sunday that a second whistleblower has now come forward with information.

"I can confirm that my firm and my team represent multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General," attorney Andrew Bakaj told NBC News.

The July 25 phone call led a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower complaint that set off a cascade of fast-moving events, ultimately leading to an impeachment inquiry into the president.

Trump has publicly maintained that the call was "absolutely perfect" and "totally appropriate."

A description of the call made public by the White House showed Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to look into why Ukraine's top prosecutor had apparently ended an investigation into a Ukrainian gas company that once employed former Vice President Joe Biden's son as a board member.

Text messages given to Congress Thursday and released by House Democrats suggest the call was part of a broader effort from Trump and his administration to pressure Ukraine.

The texts show U.S. ambassadors working to persuade Ukraine to publicly commit to investigating Trump's political opponents and explicitly linking the inquiry to whether Ukraine's president would be granted an official White House visit.

The messages offer the fullest picture to date of how top diplomats and Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani sought to advance Trump's goal of getting the Ukrainians to investigate both meddling in the 2016 election and Hunter Biden.

The new details on how Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine unfolded came as the president publicly called for another foreign country — China — to probe his top political opponent.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

‘He’s my friend’: Trump welcomes Poland president Duda in US

Trump's lawyers say it is impossible for him to post bond covering $454 million fraud case

Trump and Biden romp to victory in Super Tuesday primaries