There are whistleblowers here and whistleblowers there and whistleblowers everywhere.
According to a new report by the Daily Beast, “new potential whistleblowers” have come forward to Congress, galvanized by the first whistleblower’s complaint which Democrats seized as a basis for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Even though the original “whistleblower” did not have first-hand knowledge of the phone conversation between President Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and even though the intelligence agency with which the complaint was filed thought nothing of it, this individual has helped to bring about an impeachment inquiry against President Trump — the very thing that the Democrats have been hoping for since before Trump’s inauguration.
In other words, what this individual has done is shown that you too may be able to make a difference, no matter how specious your allegation is, and others have taken notice. Accordingly, more so-called whistleblowers are coming forward with their stories, giving Congress the overwhelming task of deciding what is credible and what isn’t.
The Daily Beast reports: “One knowledgeable source said that the daily accumulation of revelations about Trump’s willingness to use U.S. foreign relations for his personal political benefit has prompted more people to approach Congress. Investigators are using the soon-to-expire congressional recess to vet the accounts they’re getting.”
Thus far, none of their allegations have been made public.
Still, more to come
The fact that more individuals are coming forward is no surprise to Mark Zaid, the attorney representing the original whistleblower. In fact, he expects more will come forward.
“There are clearly numerous whistleblowers out there and many people who possess firsthand, relevant information who could come forward, and I expect some will,” he said.
Since we have been able to figure out some things about the first whistleblower — namely that he or she is a registered Democrat who at one point worked with then-Vice President Joe Biden — Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the anti-Trump chair of the House Intelligence Committee, who no doubt is in his glory at all of the whistleblowers, has refused to provide any more information about the new potential whistleblowers,
“People can reverse-engineer who whistleblowers are,” he said.
Until we get more information about who these individuals are, what they are alleging, and whether they are credible, it is hard to know what to make of the situation. It must be telling that they had to wait for something like the success of the first whistleblower’s complaint to come forward.
Suffice it to say that it is unlikely that President Trump will be losing any sleep over it.