“Whistleblower” Accused of Unethical, Possibly Criminal Conduct

The whistleblower Democratic Party activist who triggered the Democrats’ impeachment frenzy apparently has set up a GoFundMe page (or had such a page set up by others) that has already collected $227,000. That has led to an ethics complaint against the “whistleblower” that is embedded at the bottom of this post. Fox News reports:

A newly filed complaint to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) alleges that the whistleblower whose allegations touched off House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry may have violated federal law by indirectly soliciting more than a quarter-million dollars from mostly anonymous sources via a GoFundMe page.

The complaint, which was filed last week and obtained by Fox News, alleged the donations from roughly 6,000 individuals “clearly constitute” gifts to a current intelligence official that may be restricted because of the employee’s official position pursuant to 5 CFR 2635.203 and other statutes. To date, the GoFundMe has raised over $227,000.

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.

Tully Rinckey PLLC, the law firm representing the individual reporting the allegations, is closely guarding the identity of their client, though Fox News is told the individual is the holder of a top-secret SCI security clearance and has served in government.

More at the link. Here is the ethics complaint:

This appears to be one more reason why the Democratic Party activist should be required to testify before the House Intelligence Committee.

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