Information from the second whistleblower, who spoke to the intelligence community's internal watchdog, supports information within the first whistleblower's complaint, according to the Associated Press. No administration officials were scheduled to appear on the Sunday news shows; several congressional Republicans who were interviewed came to the president's defense.
Mark Zaid, one of the lawyers with the legal team, confirmed on Twitter a report by ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos that "he is now representing a second whistleblower who has first-hand knowledge of events".
"When I asked the president about that, he completely denied it, he adamantly denied it, he vehemently, angrily denied it - he said, 'I'd never do that, '" Johnson said on NBC's "Meet the Press".
A Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Florida Rep. Val Demings, said she believes the original whistleblower is a "patriot" who stepped forward to report wrongdoing despite the potential career risk.
Attorney Andrew Bakaj, also representing the whistleblowers, tweeted Sunday, "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".
On "Fox News Sunday", Rep. Chris Stewart (Utah), a Republican member of the Intelligence Committee, said he was "not at all" concerned about reports of a second whistleblower and defended Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky.
"Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called "Whistleblower", represented a ideal conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way", Trump tweeted September 29.
Trump's accusers have characterized the public remarks about China as an effort by the president to try to convince Americans that appealing to foreign governments for political help is a normal part of diplomacy.
"He's also going after the whistleblower, and that's a violation of the federal law, and that's another reason to impeach him and remove him from office", McKee said. "That's all the president is doing here".
The messages offer the fullest picture to date of how top diplomats and Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani sought to advance Trump's goal of getting the Ukrainians to investigate both meddling in the 2016 election and Hunter Biden.
Trump, he said, "betrayed his oath of office".
The original whistleblower complained that Trump was "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country" in the 2020 USA election. "That is textbook abuse of power". Sanford tried to make the case that moving forward with impeachment in the Democratic-run House if the Republican-controlled Senate doesn't have the votes to convict would be counter-productive and only distract from the election debate.