Transcript for 2nd whistleblower comes forward on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine
in the impeachment investigation. ABC news, the first to report that a second whistle-blower has come forward. An intelligence official claiming to have first-hand knowledge of president trump's dealings with Ukraine, backing up the first whistle-blower's complaint. The white house responding a short time ago. This, as Republicans are accusing Adam Schiff of selectively releasing text messages from diplomats. But this weekend, one more Republican senator came forward to criticize the president. Here's David Wright. Reporter: Tonight, after reports that a second whistle-blower is coming forward to corroborate the initial complaint against president trump, the white house is pushing back. "It doesn't matter how many people decide to call themselves whistle-blowers about the same telephone call, a call the president already made public," the press secretary said. "It doesn't change the fact that he has done nothing wrong." An attorney who represents both whistle-blowers tells ABC news his new client has first-hand knowledge of the president's behind the scenes effort to enlist the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden and his son. Potentially undermining one of the president's repeated defenses. The whistle-blower was very inaccurate. He got his information, I guess, second or third-hand. In other words, he didn't know what was on the call. Reporter: Today, the president's allies struggled to defend his public call for China to get involved, too. China should start an investigation into the Bidens. Because what happened with China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine. The president asked China to investigate him. We know they're not, George. Come on. Why can't you answer yes or no? Do you think it's appropriate? Because I don't think that's what he did. I don't think that's what he did. So -- but it was right there on camera. Reporter: The Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry are under pressure, too. Accused of selectively releasing damaging text messages from diplomats out of context. Republican mark meadows of North Carolina claims the full testimony from the former U.S. Special envoy to Ukraine directly undermined the salacious impeachment narrative Democrats are trying to sell you. Why not release the full transcript? We'll see what happens moving forward. But I have full confidence in chairman Schiff. I wanted you to know -- Reporter: Back home in their districts, members of congress in tough re-election fights are hearing from their constituents. Democratic congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, who supports the impeachment inquiry, got heckled. President trump won her Michigan district by nearly seven points. Most Republican senators have refused to criticize the president's conduct. This weekend, senator Susan Collins of Maine cautiously joined Mitt Romney and Ben sasse, the only ones to break ranks. Collins criticized the president's outreach to China but won't say what she thinks of his communications with Ukraine. I don't want to prejudge the evidence. Plus, not all the evidence is in yet. David, let's go back to the second whistle-blower. We know the second whistle-blower has already met with the intelligence community's inspector general. House Democrats are pushing this inquiry forward. They've subpoenaed the white house. Will the administration comply? Reporter: Senior white house officials tell ABC news they will not unless Nancy Pelosi holds a vote of the full house. They say without such a vote, the white house is deprived of certain rights, including to have representation. But Democrats say the constitution does not require such a vote. David, thank you.
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