Lawyer for Ukraine whistleblower says he represents second whistleblower on Trump’s actions
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Oct 10, 2019,
Oct 10, 2019, 0:43
The taxpayer funds had been approved by Congress to help Ukraine protect against Russian aggression.
The complaint alleged Trump was "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country" in the 2020 election. The messages involving Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani show them coordinating to pressure Kiev into investigating Biden, as the country sought U.S. military aid and access.
The Pentagon was prepared to work with Congress on questions related to Ukrainian aid, said spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell. "We're in a situation right now in the minority on the Intelligence Committee".
Trump's White House could formally tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as early as Monday that it will ignore lawmakers' demands for documents until the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives holds a vote to formally approve the impeachment inquiry.
Trump has denied wrongdoing and assailed the probe. But the White House has struggled to come up with a unified response.
Also on Sunday, another member of the first whistleblower legal team, Andrew Bakaj, said that the team is now representing "multiple whistleblowers" in connection with the August 12. complaint that set off a formal impeachment inquiry by the House of Representatives.
Among those due to testify: Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union who was involved in efforts to get Ukraine to open the investigations, and Masha Yovanovitch, who was abruptly recalled from her post as US ambassador to Ukraine in May after Trump supporters questioned her loyalty to the president.
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As the furor over Trump's phone call and the House's subsequent impeachment inquiry escalates, two Republicans challenging Trump for the GOP presidential nomination engaged in a heated on-air debate over what should happen to the president. If a majority of House members back impeachment, the matter shifts to a trial in the Senate, now controlled by Republicans.
Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, responded to the disclosure of a second intelligence official blowing the whistle on Trump by accusing the lawyers for the whistleblowers of being politically motivated.
Diplomatic text messages released by Democrats last week show that USA officials were involved in the effort to secure a public commitment from Ukraine to look into the business dealings of Hunter Biden.
However, the prosecutor in question was widely regarded by Washington and its European allies as being too lax in his investigations. Though the timing raised concerns among anti-corruption advocates, there has been no evidence of wrongdoing by either Biden.
In a tweet late Saturday, Trump said that the first whistleblower "got my phone conversation nearly completely wrong, so now word is they are going to the bench and another "Whistleblower" is coming in from the Deep State, also with second hand info". He was scheduled to testify on Tuesday, and Yovanovitch was due to appear on Friday. Congress returns to Washington on October 15 after a two-week recess.
Congressional committee aides have said they are prepared to issue subpoenas for those who not comply with requests to give depositions.