The whistleblower and his attorney Mark Zaid find themselves in hot water after the Inspector General received a complaint filed by a source who is pointing the finger right back at them. The complaint said they “may have broken the law” by setting up a GoFundMe page which has raised $227,000 dollars from radical leftists and possibly foreign entities hellbent on impeaching President Donald Trump. But that’s not all. You don’t want to miss this.
A complaint recently filed with the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) reportedly alleges that the “whistleblower” who triggered the partisan impeachment inquiry may have broken federal law by indirectly soliciting money from mainly anonymous sources, potentially including foreigners, via a GoFundMe page.
The GoFundMe page in question has raised over $227,000 so far. In collaboration with lawyers from the Compass Rose Legal Group, Whistleblower Aid helped start the GoFundMe page in question back in September.
Filed on November 8, the complaint alleges that the leaker who sparked the impeachment probe is capitalizing on his position within the intelligence community to generate funds in violation of the law.
“A U.S. intelligence officer who filed an urgent report of government misconduct needs your help. This brave individual took an oath to protect and defend our Constitution. We’re working with the whistleblower and launched a crowdfunding effort to support the whistleblower’s lawyers,” the GoFundMe page proclaims.
The complaint claimed that donations from an estimated 6,100 individuals “clearly constitute” gifts to the “whistleblower” that may be restricted because of the leaker’s official position within the intelligence community pursuant to 5 CFR 2635.203 and other statutes.
On Tuesday, Fox News, which obtained the complaint, revealed, “The complaint also raised the possibility that some of the donations may have come from prohibited sources, and asked the ICIG to look into whether any ‘foreign citizen or agent of a foreign government’ contributed.”
Moreover, the complaint alleges that the “whistleblower” and his lawyers, who helped create the GoFundMe page, appear to be exploiting their access to classified information.
Though the ICIG’s office refused to comment on the case for Fox, it’s worth noting that the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) warned federal government employees earlier this year that they “may not accept any gift given because of the employee’s official position,” meaning that the gift would “not have been given had the employee not held the status, authority, or duties associated with the employee’s federal position,” Zero Hedge reports.
In the November 8 complaint letter to ICIG Michael Atkinson, the same watchdog who received the impeachment probe leaker’s complaint, Anthony Gallo from Tully Rinckey PLLC, the law firm representing the new whistleblower, notes:
[M]y client believes … that the federal employee you are protecting and their attorneys apparently have strategically weaponized their alleged whistleblowing activities into a very lucrative money-making enterprise using a charity incorporated under a different name than the trade name it is using for fund-raising purposes, which would appear to my client to be a clear abuse of the federal employee’s authority and access to classified information.
When alluding to a “charity,” Gallo was referencing the nonprofit Whistleblower Aid, also known as Values United, an organization co-founded by one of the activist attorneys — Mark Zaid — representing the leaker who triggered the impeachment probe.
Tax documents from Values United reportedly show that the organization paid over $250,000 for advertising and consulting services alone.
Gallo concluded in the complaint:
We are requesting you investigate whether [criminal statutes or regulations have] been violated by the federal employee you are protecting when they reportedly requested an investigation into a matter that they had no direct personal knowledge of, and on account of which they were able to obtain sizable gifts from unknown persons because of their official duty.
Adam Schiff is also busted it seems. Reports from Capitol Hill say the Inspector General was spotted heading into Schiff’s basement bunker right after this story broke.
Chad Pergram noted that Intelligence Community Inspector General (IGIC) Michael Atkinson was spotted today going into HPSCI Chairman Schiffs’ basement bunker for discussions with the impeachment inquisitors.
The dirty dealing is getting thick. Attorney Mark Zaid has claimed to be working pro-bono for his CIA client. Meanwhile, Adam Schiff is threatening anyone and everyone about keeping the CIA client hidden and anonymous; and the media is all-in with efforts to support the protection.
Americans are rightly livid over this latest weasel move by the whistleblower and his sleazy attorney Mark Zaid.
“Gofundme has become the way the Dems payoff those that lie for them. Blasey Ford got well paid to make up Schitt on Kavanaugh. Guess this ‘whistleblower’ is getting his payday too,” tweeted Maynie Kuo.
“Gofundme has become the way the Dems payoff those that lie for them. Blasey Ford got well paid to make up Schitt on Kavanaugh. Guess this "whistleblower" is getting his payday too.” https://t.co/VVsR6RKcBM
— Maynie Kuo (@chattymaynie) November 12, 2019
“Yet another reason to blow a false whistle on Trump ..$227k and the inevitable book deal. Whistleblower can out himself for a GoFundMe profit, but POTUS cannot out him for purpose of challenging his already proved false complaint? Dems call this fair? Spanish Inquisition fair,” tweeted Douglas Reimann.
Yet another reason to blow a false whistle on Trump ..$227k and the inevitable book deal. Whistleblower can out himself for a GoFundMe profit, but POTUS cannot out him for purpose of challenging his already proved false complaint? Dems call this fair? Spanish Inquisition fair. https://t.co/gbI7SUkWPz
— Douglas Reimann (@dgvreiman) November 12, 2019
“Adam Schiff #Whistleblower #GoFundMe anonymous account #panhandling donations may be against federal law. Is this how Schiff and Pelosi are paying their whistleblower off? Possibly how Christine Ford was funded for her #Kavanaugh testimony?” tweeted Twitter user “FidoSysop.”
Adam Schiff #Whistleblower #GoFundMe anonymous account #panhandling donations may be against federal law. Is this how Schiff and Pelosi are paying their whistleblower off? Possibly how Christine Ford was funded for her #Kavanaugh testimony? https://t.co/t3UTJGyQ1x #Trump2020
— 🇺🇸 FidoSysop 😇🌴✌️ (@FidoSysop) November 12, 2019
This does seem to be how the left rolls. Using this situation to prey on idiots who are brainwashed into thinking this whistleblower is some kind of patriot, is one thing. However, scamming those same idiots and potentially foreign actors into paying someone for leaking classified information seems pretty illegal to us.
It sets a dangerous precedent for employees in our government with security clearances. It’s the same reason why cops can’t be in debt. They would become targets for bribes. This is also very damning information as far as the motivation by the whistleblower and his sleazy lawyer goes.
It sure looks like they had that GoFundMe in mind from day one which is just another indication this entire thing was a pre-planned setup from the very beginning. We aren’t surprised at all. Thankfully, this was found out soon enough so all Americans can see for themselves what this impeachment farce is really all about.