Second official reportedly considering whistleblower complaint against Trump

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Second official reportedly considering whistleblower complaint against Trump

A second intelligence official is reportedly considering filing a whistleblower complaint about Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine as the Democrats’ impeachment investigation into the president and his administration continues to escalate

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, also failed to meet a subpoena deadline to turn over documents related to the investigation, as House Democrats broadened their subpoena request to the White House, demanding documents after the executive branch ignored requests to provide them voluntarily

At the heart of the impeachment inquiry is a whistleblower complaint outlining Trump’s efforts to pressure the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to launch a corruption investigation against the former vice-president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Trump has since publicly urged Ukraine, and China, to investigate Biden, without citing any evidence of any wrongdoing

The second official considering filing a whistleblower complaint about the president’s dealings with Ukraine has more direct information about the events in question than the initial whistleblower and was interviewed by an intelligence watchdog to corroborate the first report, the New York Times reported late Friday, citing two anonymous sources

Intelligence official was interviewed by watchdog to corroborate initial complaint about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, report says

Elsewhere, the Washington Post reported accounts of a number of Trump’s calls with foreign leaders, citing an anonymous former White House official. The paper said in one of his first calls with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, Trump fawned over him, and in a call with the former UK prime minister Theresa May, Trump questioned British intelligence’s conclusion that Putin’s government was behind an attempt to kill a former Russian spy on British soil with a nerve agent

Trump on Saturday hit out at both papers

The president has defended his open calls for foreign governments to investigate a political rival by repeating that there was “no quid pro quo”. Text messages between US diplomats and an assistant to Zelenskiy released this week reveal that this was not the understanding of US diplomats dealing with Ukraine

In a tweet on Thursday, Trump said the presidency gave him an absolute right, perhaps even a duty, to investigate or have investigated, CORRUPTION, and that would include asking, or suggesting, other Countries to help us out

Pompeo: We’ll do the things required by law

Speaking to reporters in Greece on Saturday, the secretary of state, Pompeo, did not reference Trump’s admitted desire for Ukraine to investigate Biden, but said the investigation the US sought was related to Ukraine’s possible interference in the 2016 US election

On Wednesday, Pompeo admitted he had been on a controversial July call with Zelenskiy in which the president pressured Ukraine, according to a reconstructed transcript released by the White House

Three congressional committees subpoenaed Pompeo after the state department failed to produce documents related to the Ukraine inquiry

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