Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Saturday, May 30, 2020 02:30:38 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter
BREAKING NEWS:

Second Trump whistleblower comes with first-hand information: Lawyer

photo by AP photo

Donald Trump has been accused of attempts to pressure Ukraine for personal political gain.

By AFP, Washington
08th-Oct-2019       
Share
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Save
  • E-mail
  • Print
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

A second whistleblower has come forward, this one with first-hand information about events that triggered an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump for alleged abuse of power, the informant's lawyer said Sunday.
"I can confirm this report of a second #whistleblower being represented by our legal team," Mark Zaid said on Twitter. "They also made a protected disclosure under the law and cannot be retaliated against. This WBer has first-hand knowledge."
Zaid's co-counsel, Andrew Bakaj, said earlier that his firm and team "represent multiple whistleblowers" in the case accusing Trump of using the powers of his office to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
With the crisis seeming to deepen by the day, it was unclear whether Bakaj was using "multiple" to refer to more than two whistleblowers. Typically, several officials would listen in on a call between the president and a foreign leader.
The existence of a whistleblower claiming first-hand knowledge would make it harder for the president and his supporters to dismiss the original complaint as hearsay, as they have repeatedly done.
Trump pushed back at the allegations in tweets Sunday, but did not mention the second whistleblower.
He repeated his assertions that Hunter Biden had been "handed $100,000 a month (Plus,Plus) from a Ukrainian based company, even though he had no experience in energy...and separately got 1.5 Billion Dollars from China despite no experience and for no apparent reason."
Media reports have said Hunter Biden was paid up to $50,000 a month as a member of the board of a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma.Trump tweeted that "as president I have an obligation to end CORRUPTION, even if that means requesting the help of a foreign country or countries. It is done all the time."
In a back-and-forth on Twitter, Biden soon responded: "In my experience, asking a foreign government to manufacture lies about your domestic political opponent is not 'done all the time.'"
Trump also said that Biden, for months the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, should "hang it up."
No evidence has been found that either Biden did anything illegal.
In perhaps his strongest response yet, Joe Biden wrote in The Washington Post that Trump was "frantically pushing flat-out lies, debunked conspiracy theories and smears against me and my family, no doubt hoping to undermine my candidacy."
"It won't work, because the American people know me-and they know him," Biden said in an op-ed article.
A bit unusually, Trump stayed in the White House on Sunday rather than traveling or playing golf.
No administration officials appeared on the Sunday television programs despite the critical nature of the moment.
But one Republican senator, Ron Johnson, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that Trump, in a conversation, had sharply rejected allegations he linked military aid for Ukraine to any effort to find dirt on the Bidens.
"When I asked the president about that," said Johnson, who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, "he completely adamantly, vehemently, angrily denied it."
'Harassment'
Democratic-led House committees issued a series of subpoenas in the matter on Friday, including to the White House.
The impeachment saga began after the original whistleblower-an intelligence official-filed a formal complaint to the intelligence community inspector general about Trump's alleged pressuring of Zelensky.
A rough transcript of the phone call later released by the White House, as well as a series of text messages between US diplomats, appeared to corroborate the original complaint.
Democrats-derided in a Trump tweet Sunday as "DONOTHINGDEMOCRATS"-insist that they will continue pushing for action on key issues like health care and gun control even as the impeachment inquiry absorbs a huge amount of Washington's attention and energy.
But in an appearance on NBC, former CIA director John Brennan raised questions about the country's continuing stability under Trump.
Asked how the CIA might assess the stability of the United States-as the agency does with other countries-Brennan said: "We would look at it as a very corrupt government that is under the sway, right now, of this powerful individual who has been able to just corrupt the institutions and the laws of that country."

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Back Page »

DHAKA`S NATURE IS THRIVING: The air quality of the capital city has improved tremendously due to lack of vehicular movement amid the ongoing coronavirus lockdown. The lush greenery spread over the city with trees planted on road dividers look like a green carpet. This photo was taken from new Jurain Road on Thursday.


Editorial »

Economic challenges of corona aftermath can only be met by knowledge and competence


ACCORDING to the International Labour Organization (ILO) job prospects for the youth have been vastly reduced in Bangladesh. For youths to be provided paths for a positive future, education and skills training are essential. Young women workers -- who were already struggling in low-paid and informal sector jobs -- are ...

Cricket »

Morgan suggests Alex Hales` return to England set-up `might take some more time`


Agency :England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has hinted that Alex Hales may need to wait a little longer before returning to the international fold.There has been some speculation that, with England preparing to effectively run two separate squads for Tests and limited-overs matches in a revamped summer, Nottinghamshire batsman Hales ...

City »

President Md. Abdul Hamid offering munajat after Eid-ul-Fitr Namaz at Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban in the city on Monday.


.

Back Page »

Thousands of devotees attend the Jumatul Wida, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, prayers at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the capital, seeking divine blessings for peace and progress of Bangladesh and unity of the Muslim Ummah.


Editorial »

Eid-ul-Fitr is not celebration in the midst of killer corona, observe safety guidelines


EID Mubarak! The nation will celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr either on Sunday or Monday (subject to sighting of the moon) after the   month-long fasting but there is hardly any mood or environment for celebration in the people amid the surging outbreak of coronavirus.The two months lockdown has rendered the poor people ...

City »

Members of Bangladesh Air Force engaged in removing uprooted and broken trees in the cyclone Amphan-hit areas. The snap was taken from Bhasanchar, Patuakhali on Friday.


.

Sports »

China`s Wang Qiang enjoying time without professional tennis


Agency :Chinese tennis player Wang Qiang, world No.29 in women's singles, told media on Thursday that she is enjoying the days without professional tennis."To be honest, I feel quite good to be able to sit back during this period of time after having traveled and played over many years to ...

Editorial »

Official orders cannot force proper treatment at hospitals


THE Health Ministry issued a warning in the last week of March that no government or private hospital could refuse to provide treatment to any patient from now on. Later, on April 4, the Health Minister said that the government would take stern actions, including cancelling licences, if private hospitals ...

City »

Samajtantrik Chhatra Front formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Thursday demanding enhancement of allocation in health and research sector.


.

Editorial »

Private teachers` suffering should be paid heed to


With no salaries, the majority of teachers at private schools, colleges, and universities suffer in silence before Eid. This socially respected group cannot ask for help to the government or NGOs, not can stand in front of OMS or TCB truck for buying staples and kitchen essentials at a subsidised ...

City »

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaking at a meeting of the National Disaster Management Council from her official residence Ganabhaban through video-conference on Wednesday to review the preparations to face cyclone Amphan.


Sports »

Williams sisters stretch it out with yoga treat for fans


Serena Williams is looking forward to getting back to competing when the coronavirus pandemic permits it, in part because she's "feeling better than ever".Her older sister, Venus, is looking forward to hanging out at a rooftop bar. Two of the most famous and successful siblings in the history of sports-owners ...

Sports »

Papon trashes resumption of cricket in near future


Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon on Wednesday dismissed outright any idea of cricket's resumption or touring Sri Lanka in near future, arguing that the country's current situation doesn't let them to discuss this issue as of now."There is no discussion in this regard [when the cricket will ...

Editorial »

Avoid power trap from unused overcapacity in power sector


Study report by a US based energy consultant firm said as reported by a Dhaka based national daily on Tuesday that the government plan to add more power generation capacity by installing big coal- and LNG-fired power plant will create substantial overcapacity in power sector soon much beyond what we ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news