Media outlets are running wild after the whistleblower’s attorney, who now represents a second whistleblower, sent a text message to the Associated Press. Mark Zaid, the attorney for the two whistleblowers, told The Associated Press that the second individual, “who also works in intelligence, has spoken to the intelligence community’s internal watchdog. This person hasn’t filed a complaint but does have ‘firsthand knowledge that supported’ the original whistleblower.”
Concerns about the first whistleblower complaint largely rested on the fact that they had no firsthand knowledge. The complaint referenced a lot of sources that give them information which made the whole thing look a lot like a big game of telephone, not an intelligence red flag.
The complaint of the original whistleblower insisted that Trump was “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country” in the 2020 U.S. election. According to the Associated Press, the “second whistleblower with direct knowledge could undermine efforts by Trump and his allies to discredit the original complaint” who have called it “politically motivated, claimed it was filed improperly and dismissed it as unreliable because it was based on secondhand or thirdhand information.”
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