In recent weeks, a lot has been revealed about the so-called whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Donald Trump’s phone call on July 25 with the Ukrainian president.
The information we have learned thus far is exactly why Democrats want to keep the person hidden.
But the so-called whistleblower was just smacked with a criminal lawsuit, and this could force him out of hiding and into the public spotlight.
A newly filed criminal complaint to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) alleges the whistleblower may have violated federal law by indirectly soliciting more than a quarter-million dollars from mostly anonymous sources via a GoFundMe page.
The complaint alleges the donations “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.
The complaint further states that the GoFundMe page, which has raised over $227,000, may have received some donations 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.
The nonprofit Whistleblower Aid worked with the whistleblower’s attorneys at the Compass Rose Legal Group to start the GoFundMe.
The whistleblower’s attorneys have called the GoFundMe a way to “help support the Intelligence Community Whistleblower to raise funds,” and the GoFundMe page itself states that “A U.S. intelligence officer… needs your help” in the form of a “crowdfunding effort to support the whistleblower’s lawyers.”
The majority of the GoFundMe donors to the whistleblower’s campaign were not named, and legal experts have told Fox News that the ICIG likely would need to subpoena the website to obtain more information on their origins.
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.”
The OGE also cautioned that gifts may not be accepted from “prohibited sources,” including anyone who “conducts activities regulated by the employee’s agency” or who “has interests that can be affected by the performance or non-performance of the employee’s official duties.”
The ICIG complaint alleges the donations through the GoFundMe page constitute a “gift” for a federal employee, and that they were made due to the whistleblower’s official “status, authority or duties.”
It further alleged that the whistleblower and his legal team are exploiting their access to classified information for financial gain.
It was reported a few weeks ago that Eric Ciaramella is the alleged “whistleblower” who filed a complaint over Trump’s Ukraine phone call.
Ciaramella is: (1) a registered Democrat; (2) worked for Obama and Joe Biden when they were in the White House; (3) is a vocal critic of Trump; (4) helped initiate the Russia “collusion” hoax; and (5) was fired from the National Security Council in 2017 for leaks, and returned to the CIA.
The whistleblower has not officially been named or come forward, but this complaint could accelerate things in a very big way.