- There are two known whistleblowers prepared to discuss US President Donald Trump’s July call with the Ukrainian president, in which Trump called for an investigation into Democratic rival Joe Biden.
- Now the lawyers representing both whistleblowers are saying that they represent “multiple” whistleblowers — suggesting that there may be more than two.
- The White House said that no matter how many whistleblowers there are it “doesn’t change the fact that he has done nothing wrong.”
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There may be more than two whistleblowers coming out to discuss President Donald Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president, their lawyers have hinted.
Andrew Bakaj, a lawyer representing the two known whistleblowers prepared to discuss Trump’s July 25 call, tweeted that his team is currently representing “multiple” whistleblowers.
He tweeted on Sunday: “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,” referring to the first whistleblower complaint filed about the call.
During this call Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President and Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. The House has launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump in light of the call.
Mark Zaid, Bakaj’s colleague who also represents the whistleblowers, also told The Wall Street Journal: “There are definitely multiple whistleblowers,” without giving any more details.
He added that the second individual “made a protected disclosure under the law and cannot be retaliated against.”
Zaid’s comment came as Trump and the White House continued to attack the first whistleblower, with the president suggesting in late September that the whistleblower could be guilty of treason — a crime that is punishable by death.
The second whistleblower also has first-hand knowledge of the Trump’s call with Zelensky, Zaid told the Journal.
The first whistleblower, believed to be a CIA officer who once worked in the White House, had filed their complaint on August 12 after half a dozen US officials “informed me of various facts related to this effort.”
Bakaj and Zaid’s firm, Compass Rose Legal Group, has not yet responded to Business Insider’s request for clarification on the number of whistleblowers it is representing and what they are prepared to discuss.
The White House has not yet responded to Business Insider’s request for comment on the possibility that there may be more than two whistleblowers.
Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, on Sunday poured cold water on reports of the two whistleblowers and continued to insist that Trump “has done nothing wrong.”
She said in a statement cited by The Journal: “It doesn’t matter how many people decide to call themselves whistleblowers about the same telephone call — a call the president already made public — it doesn’t change the fact that he has done nothing wrong.”