Lawyers for the first whistleblower in the impeachment case against US President Donald Trump have revealed that a second whistleblower has come forward in the case, ABC News can report.
Mark Zaid, the lead counsel, told journalists that the second person was also an intelligence official and they had spoken to the Inspector General.
The White House has not commented on the latest development, but President Trump has repeatedly rejected the original complaint leveled against him.
No details have been released about the second whistleblower’s claims.
However, Mr Zaid said the person had first-hand knowledge of allegations associated with the phone call Mr Trump made with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on 25 July.
The impeachment inquiry stems from the call, which was flagged up by the initial whistleblower in August.
On Friday, the New York Times reported that a second person who had “more direct information” about the events surrounding the call have considered coming forward.
It is not yet known if this is the person represented by Mr Zaid.
Mr Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani tweeted that he was not surprised there was another “secret source”, calling the inquiry politically motivated and lashing out at the “swamp media”.
SURPRISE Democrat lawyer has other secret sources. Swamp Media will corruptly fail to point out it means nothing, now that conversation is public. No money, no quid pro quo unlike Biden helping son make millions from Ukrainian crook. ORCHESTRATED DEM CAMPAIGN LIKE KAVANAUGH
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) October 6, 2019