Perry office says he urged Trump’s Ukraine call

Perry office says he urged Trump’s Ukraine call

That's according to a lawyer for the original whistleblower, who filed a formal complaint with the inspector general last month that's triggered the impeachment inquiry.

A second whistleblower has come forward in the impeachment case against US President Donald Trump, according to lawyers representing the first one.

Zaid, who represents both whistleblowers, told The Associated Press that the new whistleblower works in the intelligence field and has spoken to the intelligence community's internal watchdog.

In addition, Zaid said, a number of other whistleblowers have come forward in connection with the August complaint, as the inspector general, Michael Atkinson, testified before the House Intelligence Community last week.

The initial whistleblower's complaint alleged the President abused his official powers "to solicit interference" from Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 election, and that the White House took steps to cover it up.

The push came even though there was no evidence of wrongdoing by the former vice president or his son, who served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. They have called it politically motivated, claimed it was filed improperly and dismissed it as unreliable because it was based on secondhand or thirdhand information.

"Giuliani has accused Hunter Biden of improper activity related to his business dealings with energy company Burisma Holdings, and claims that then-Vice President Joe Biden used his office to pressure the Ukrainian government into firing top prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma", Fox News reports.

Why is Mr Trump being investigated?

On Sunday's broadcast of "This Week", host George Stephanopoulos opened his show with a report proclaiming a second "whistleblower". Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Republicans were going to "wild lengths" to avoid being subjected to Twitter tirades like the one Romney has faced in recent days, in which the president called the Utah Republican "pompous" and an "ass". At least two other witnesses are set for depositions this week: Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union, and Marie Yovanovitch, who was abruptly ousted as the US ambassador to Ukraine in May. Lindsey Graham of SC, two of Trump's most vocal backers, sharply criticized the way House Democrats are handling the impeachment inquiry. He said there was nothing wrong with Trump's July conversation with Zelenskiy and said the accusations look like a "political setup".

House impeachment investigators have subpoenaed the White House for documents on efforts by Trump and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to pressure Ukraine into opening a probe of the Bidens.

"The great Scam is being revealed!" The complaint has sparked an impeachment inquiry into Trump. Though the timing raised concerns among anti-corruption advocates, there has been no evidence of wrongdoing by either Biden. All the while, Guiliani was in Ukraine, attempting to influence Ukranian officials to investigate Trump's political rival, Joe Biden. Every Sunday, I round up the 5 BIG storylines you need to know to understand the upcoming week on the campaign trail. "You won't destroy me, and you won't destroy my family". Volker told lawmakers that he was unaware that Biden's name came up in the July 25 call between Trump and the Ukrainian leader.

Department of Energy Press Secretary Shaylyn Hynes told NBC News late Saturday that "Secretary Perry absolutely supported and encouraged the President to speak to the new President of Ukraine to discuss matters related to their energy security and economic development". She said Perry's interest in Ukraine is part of USA efforts to boost Western energy ties to Eastern Europe.

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