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Second whistle-blower emerges in Donald Trump enquiry

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

Mark Zaid told ABC News the second person was also an intelligence official and they had spoken to the inspector general.

Late on Sunday night, Trump lashed out at Democratic leaders, suggesting they should be impeached.

No details have been released about the second whistle-blower’s claims.

However, Zaid said the person had first-hand knowledge of allegations associated with the phone call Trump made with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on 25 July.

The impeachment inquiry stems from the call, which was flagged up by the initial whistle-blower in August.

On Friday, the New York Times reported that a second person was considering coming forward who had “more direct information” about the events surrounding the call.

It is not yet known if this is the person represented by Zaid.

Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani tweeted that he was not surprised there was another “secret source”, calling the inquiry politically motivated and lashing out at the “swamp media”.

The Democrat-led investigating committee is eager to speak to someone who witnessed the call directly or has more information.EPA

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