EXCLUSIVE: A newly filed complaint with the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) states that the whistleblower whose allegations have triggered House Democrats' impeachment investigation may have violated federal law by indirectly accounting for more than a quarter of a million Retrieved US Dollars has predominantly anonymous sources via a GoFundMe page.
The complaint, filed last week and received by Fox News, alleged that donations from approximately 6,000 people "clearly" present gifts to a current news service official, which may be restricted due to donations by the employee's official position pursuant to 5 CFR 2635.203 and other laws. To date, GoFundMe has raised over $ 227,000.
The complaint also highlighted the possibility that some of the donations came from banned sources and called on the ICIG to investigate whether "foreign nationals" or "foreign nationals" "agents of a foreign government ".
Tully Rinckey PLLC, the law firm representing the person who files the allegations, closely monitors their client's identity, although Fox News states that the person owns a top-secret SCI. "I have not seen anything of this magnitude "said Anthony Gallo, the managing partner of Tully Rinckey PLLC, to Fox News and referred to the fundraiser. "It's not about politics for my client ̵
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Fox News reported in September that the non-profit whistleblower help teamed with whistleblower attorneys at the Compass Rose Legal Group to launch GoFundMe "while collecting Helping with Donations for the Whistleblower of the Intelligence Services "[to] and on the GoFundMe site itself, it says" a US intelligence officer needs your help "in the form of a" crowdfunding campaign to assist the whistleblower's attorneys "  The fundraising side claims that "donations are accepted only by US citizens". However, the majority of the GoFundMe whistleblower campaign donors were not mentioned, and legal experts have told Fox News that the ICIG is likely to have to re-load the site for more information about their origins.
Fox News has asked a whistleblower, Mark Zaid, to comment on the complaint. The ICIG office refused to comment when it was reached by Fox News.
The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) warned federal officials earlier this year that they might "not accept gifts because of the official position of the employee," meaning that the gift would not have been given if the employee was not owned the status, powers or duties related to the employee's federal position. "
The OGE also warned that gifts from "banned sources" should not be accepted, including those who perform "activities that are regulated by the employee's agency" or that have "interests arising from the performance of or compliance with Noncompliance with the official duties of the employee may be affected. "
The new ICIG complaint alleged that the donations through the GoFundMe page were actually a" gift "to a federal employee, and that they were due to the official" status, authority, or duties of the whistleblower. It has also been alleged that the whistleblower and his attorney team appear to exploit their access to classified information.
"[M] Your client believes that the federal employee you protect and his lawyers have strategically armed the alleged report of maladministration activities in a very lucrative money-making business with a charity registered under a name other than the trade name This seems to be a clear abuse of federal authority authority and access to classified information for my client Information "Gallo wrote in the letter to ICIG Michael Atkinson, the same government guard who originally filed the Ukraine complaint of Whistleblower Received WITH THE STAFFER
This paragraph referred to Whistleblower Aid, also known as Zues co-founded Values United d. (Values United's tax records show that $ 258,085 was paid for advertising and consulting services to the West End Strategy Team, whose founder Matt Dorf said on the group's website that he "is influencing progressive politics and skilfully diverts the conversation To Achieve the Goals of West End Strategy Customers. ")
" We ask you to investigate whether [criminal statutes or regulations have] was violated by the federal employee you protected when she was reportedly requesting an inquiry into a matter, he concluded, "Gallo has managed to obtain considerable gifts from strangers for their official duties," he concluded.
The Ukrainian whistleblower's complaint – about President Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce politically advantageous investigations – sparked an impeachment investigation, which will enter a public phase this week with the opening of parliamentary hearings. Trump's GOP allies, however, have tried to learn more about the whistleblower motivations, and Trump himself has criticized Zaid – after Fox News reported last week that the lawyer had talked about starting a "coup" against the president in 2017 tweeted.
Zaid later defended the tweets as an expression of the then "feelings of millions of people". The law firm also demanded that the White House no longer attack the whistleblower, and reportedly warned that Trump's rhetoric and activities put individuals at risk.
The most recent ICIG complaint found that the Department of Criminal Investigations of the Internal Revenue Service had been notified.
GoFundMe campaigns have become increasingly popular in recent months as former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe and former FBI agent Peter Strzok set up campaigns that brought tens of thousands of dollars together.
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However, these campaigns began after McCabe and Strzok left government service, making the whistleblower's GoFundMe a unique fundraiser. Fox News is told that the ICIG usually responds quickly to complaints.
"I hope to act quickly," Gallo told Fox News. "The time is right to address these issues."
Ronn Blitzer of Fox News contributed to this report.