Mister Congeniality

There could be a second whistleblower.

A second intelligence official is reportedly considering filing a whistleblower complaint about Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine as the Democrats’ impeachment investigation into the president and his administration continues to escalate.

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, also failed to meet a subpoena deadline to turn over documents related to the investigation, as House Democrats broadened their subpoena request to the White House, demanding documents after the executive branch ignored requests to provide them voluntarily.

Pompeo had a math test and a history paper due this week.

The second official considering filing a whistleblower complaint about the president’s dealings with Ukraine has more direct information about the events in question than the initial whistleblower and was interviewed by an intelligence watchdog to corroborate the first report, the New York Times reported late Friday, citing two anonymous sources.

Elsewhere, the Washington Post reported accounts of a number of Trump’s calls with foreign leaders, citing an anonymous former White House official. The paper said in one of his first calls with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, Trump fawned over him, and in a call with the former UK prime minister Theresa May, Trump questioned British intelligence’s conclusion that Putin’s government was behind an attempt to kill a former Russian spy on British soil with a nerve agent.

So, naturally, he was on Twitter calling the Post and the Times corrupt and “fixed” (scare quotes his) this morning. Pure fiction, he yelled; totally dishonest reporting.

The president has defended his open calls for foreign governments to investigate a political rival by repeating that there was “no quid pro quo”.

But one, there was, and two, it’s a crime with or without the quid pro quo.

Few congressional Republicans or commentators have spoken against Trump after the president urged two foreign governments, Ukraine and China, to investigate a political rival this week.

Among those that have are Senator Mitt Romney, of Utah, who said Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and China were “wrong” and “appalling”.

Trump’s tweets on Saturday targeted Romney saying: “Somebody please wake up Mitt Romney and tell him my conversation was a congenial and very appropriate one.”

“Congenial” – that’s not in Trump’s vocabulary. Credit: Scavino.

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