Trump, GOP push theories to discredit whistleblower

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The official reportedly has more direct information about Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky than the first whistleblower, two officials briefed on the matter told the Times, which may bolster the credibility of the complaint.

"We can't determine that yet", Ernst said during a town hall meeting in Templeton.

Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge said on Friday that the inspector general told lawmakers that the whistleblower didn't disclose the contact with committee staff, so the inspector general never looked into it. It was not clear whether he told lawmakers that the second official is considering filing a complaint.

It was not clear whether or not he informed lawmakers that the second official is contemplating submitting a criticism.A brand new criticism, notably from somebody nearer to the occasions, would doubtlessly add additional credibility to the account of the primary whistleblower, a Central Intelligence Agency officer who was detailed to the Nationwide Safety Council at one level.

In a series of texts released by the House of Representatives Thursday, Sondland had said Trump has been "crystal clear no quid pro quo's of any kind" in respose to a diplomat saying, "I think it's insane to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign".

House Democrats on Friday subpoenaed the White House for documents they want to see as part of their impeachment investigation.

While the election is still a long way off, Reuters/Ipsos polling shows Trump narrowly trailing the top Democratic candidates, including Biden, in hypothetical matchups.

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The second official is among those interviewed by the intelligence community inspector general to corroborate the allegations of the original whistle-blower, one of the people said.

President Trump's decision to put a hold on military aide to Ukraine and Trump's conversation with Ukraine's president are now the subject of an impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House. "When given the chance to say that the whistleblower had reached out to a committee aide, he did not". Schiff implied in interviews that he did not know what was in the complaint, and he said he was glad that the ICIG had referred the complaint to his committee because he might not have known about it otherwise.

The Washington Post article said it is not uncommon for the House Intelligence Committee to receive informal inquiries from whistleblowers before a formal complaint is filed, according to "current and former committee staffers". But there is no evidence to suggest that Schiff knew who the whistleblower was, much less that he helped them draft this complaint.

One of the sources familiar with the negotiations on securing the whistleblower's testimony said the person's main concern was protecting their identity. With these assurances, others with relevant information would hopefully be encouraged to speak up about wrongdoing they have observed. And on September 17th, when news of the complaint first surfaced, Schiff said, "We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower".

Justice Department officials said they were unclear whether Elwood was making a criminal referral and followed up with her later to seek clarification but she remained vague. The whistleblower alleged that Trump dangled foreign aid and a White House visit over Zelensky's head in exchange for opening investigations into Joe Biden and Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 election.

According to McCarthy, given Schiff and his committee staff had met with the so-called whistleblower, Schiff and his staff have become "fact witnesses", which is a conflict of interest.

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