President Trump on Saturday took aim at a second unnamed intelligence official who is reportedly considering filing a complaint against him and testifying before Congress about Trump’s contacts with Ukraine’s president.
Trump tweeted that the official, whose identity remains a secret, is a member of the “Deep State” he has argued is working to undermine his presidency.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2019
Trump’s mention of “Shifty” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared to be a reference to Republican efforts to discredit House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry as well as the first whistleblower who raised concerns about Trump’s conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Republicans have argued that the first whistleblower, who met with a member of Schiff’s congressional staff before filing a complaint, is a partisan operative who did not have firsthand knowledge of Trump’s conversations.
Democrats argue that a readout of Trump’s July phone call with Zelensky, during which he repeatedly asked the Ukrainian leader to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, proved the whistleblower’s concerns to be true.