As a part of Democrats desperate efforts to impeach President Trump, it appears they have managed to materialize yet another so called whistleblower. This whistleblower apparently is claiming to have direct knowledge of the phone call in question between Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky.
Given that the transcript of the phone call was already released, it’s unclear exactly what this ‘whistleblower’ aims to accomplish.
The representative for both whistleblowers, Activist Attorney Mark Zaid, first told ABC News that the second individual is – like the first whistleblower – an intelligence official and has firsthand knowledge of certain allegations contained in the first whistleblower complaint, which was not based on any firsthand knowledge.
Andrew Bakaj, managing partner of the firm handling the case, verified the existence of the new whistleblower Sunday morning.
“I can confirm that my firm and my team represent multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General,” Bakaj said while also retweeting the news from ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
“BREAKING: Attorney representing whistleblower who sounded the alarm on Pres. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine tells @ABC News he is now representing a second whistleblower who has first-hand knowledge of events,” Stephanopoulos said.
Bakaj who had already drummed up enough publicity for his firm, said he would not provide any further comment.
Savage President Trump quickly weighed in on the new announcement.
“The first so-called second hand information “Whistleblower” got my phone conversation almost 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. Meet with Shifty. Keep them coming!”
Zaid says both officials have full protection of the law intended to protect whistleblowers from being fired in retaliation. While this second official has spoken with the IG — the internal watchdog office created to handle complaints — this person has not communicated yet with the congressional committees conducting the investigation.
In his Twitter profile, Zaid describes himself as a “non-partisan” attorney “handling cases involving national security, security clearances, govt investigations, media, Freedom of Information Act, & whistleblowing.”
What Zaid’s profile fails to mention is that he co-founded Whistleblower Aid, a small nonprofit that has heavily advertised all throughout D.C. actively searching for whistleblowers throughout the Trump admin.
Whistleblower Aid was founded in September 2017 in the wake of Trump’s presidency to encourage government whistleblowers to come forward.
The group did not sit around waiting for whistleblowers. Upon its founding, Whistleblower Aid actively sought to attract the attention of Trump administration government employees by reportedly blasting advertisements for its whistleblower services on Metro trains, using mobile billboards that circled government offices for 10 hours a day, and handing out whistles on street corners as a gimmick to gain attention.
When Whistleblower Aid was first founded their websites hosted a banner which read their mission statement littered with clear anti-Trump rhetoric.
“Today our Republic is under threat. Whistleblower Aid is committed to protecting the rule of law in the United States and around the world,” read the previous statement which can still be viewed via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
After receiving backlash, Whistleblower Aid has since changed it to read instead only “Whistleblower Aid is committed to protecting the rule of law in the United States and around the world.”