Attorneys representing the whistleblower whose complaint ignited the current firestorm over President Donald Trump’s phone call with the president of the Ukraine indicated Sunday that they are representing other whistleblowers.
“IC WHISTLEBLOWER UPDATE: 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. No further comment at this time,” Andrew P. Bakaj (@AndrewBakaj) tweeted Sunday morning.
The original whistleblower remains unidentified.
Bakaj, a former State Department employee, is paired with Mark Zaid in representing that person. They are partners at Compass Rose Legal Group, a Washington firm specializing in security issues.
For his part, Zaid told ABC‘s “This Week“ that the firm is representing a second whistleblower, language which differed from Bakaj’s.
“Let me also be clear. Although 2nd #whistleblower does possess 1st hand knowledge of certain info, there is NO legal requirement for any #WBer to have such knowledge. Law only requires a “reasonable belief,” Zaid subsequently tweeted.
The original whistleblower had filed a complaint pertaining to Trump’s conversation in July with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and Trump‘s request for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
In a tweet Saturday, Trump mocked the notion of additional whistleblowers.
“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!,” presumably referring to Rep. Adam Schiff as “Shifty.”