It just gets better/worse – whistleblower and a GoFundMe bonanza.

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  • #222123

    elias39
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    WTF?

    https://www.rt.com/usa/473271-new-whistleblower-impeachment-donations/

    “The whistleblower whose complaint kicked off the impeachment drive against President Trump may himself have illegally solicited foreign donations, a new whistleblower has claimed, in a story that gets more farcical by the day.
    In a complaint filed to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) last week and reported by Fox News on Tuesday, an anonymous whistleblower claims that a GoFundMe campaign to cover the impeachment whistleblower’s legal costs may have breached federal law, as the $227,500 in donations “clearly constitutes” gifts to a serving intelligence official.”

    This is turning into a circus – The Greatest Show on Earth.

  • #222181

    ravensong
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    And I *may have*™ seen Elvis yesterday.

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  • #222188

    N2Doc
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    If True, then the ‘whistleblower’ is an idiot. I will await confirmation from other sources.

    • #222259

      Voltairine
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      If anything like Vindman, definitely idiot. Vindman walked straight in trap and admitted under oath disobeying his CIC because “opinions”.

      Aloha!

    • #222295

      elias39
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      Would the mainstream media report this? Seriously? In the midst of the Circus?

      Hell no.

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      elias39
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        Voltairine
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      • #222305

        N2Doc
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        Again, anyone could have set that up.

        • #222308

          elias39
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          Shrug – a quarter of a million dollars is going somewhere. Kind of wish I’d ‘set it up!’

      • #222375

        ravensong
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        John Tye
        Founder and CEO
        Whistleblower Aid

        John Napier Tye (born c. 1976) is a former official of the U.S. State Department who came forward in 2014 as a whistleblower seeking to publicize certain electronic surveillance practices of the U.S. government under Executive Order 12333. He later co-founded a non-profit law firm, Whistleblower Aid, intended to help federal government whistleblowers forward their concerns without incurring legal liability.
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        In September 2017, Tye and lawyer Mark Zaid cofounded Whistleblower Aid, a nonprofit law firm. Initially focused on employees and contractors of the U.S. federal government, Whistleblower Aid emphasizes it is different from WikiLeaks: “No one should ever send classified information to Whistleblower Aid,” the firm states. “Whistleblower Aid will never assist clients or prospective clients with leaking classified information.” Instead, would-be whistleblowers with classified information will be directed to investigators with security clearances to help expose wrongdoing without breaking the law or incurring criminal liability.[18][19] “We are trying to hold the U.S. government accountable,” Zaid explained, “and provide free legal services to whistleblowers so they don’t ruin their careers in the process or be prosecuted.”[20] Clients will not be charged. To cover expenses, the firm solicits donations from foundations and crowdsourced funding.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Tye_(whistleblower)

        Nov 7, 2019

        The impeachment inquiry is likely to cost taxpayers more than expected.

        A State Department official told CBS News State Department Reporter Christina Ruffini on Thursday that the federal agency will offer financial aid to its employees who have incurred legal costs because of the impeachment hearings.
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        “The expense will not be trivial,” predicted CBSN legal contributor Keir Dougall, noting that the chargé d’affaires for Ukraine, Bill Taylor, was represented at his congressional testimony by attorneys from one of the most expensive firms in the country. Dougall was formerly an assistant United States attorney in New York’s Eastern District.

        According to The New York Times, the American Foreign Service Association was asking for donations to help the witnesses in the impeachment hearings pay their legal bills.

        https://www.cbsnews.com/news/impeachment-hearing-witnesses-will-be-offered-financial-aid-from-the-state-department-to-help-pay-their-legal-bills/

        AFSA’s Legal Defense Fund was created in 2007 to provide financial assistance to members in cases involving issues of significant institutional importance to the Foreign Service. It was named after the late Richard Scissors, a longtime AFSA staff member whose expertise in labor-management issues was crucial to many an AFSA member during his tenure. Sometimes cases come along where AFSA is unable to provide the time or legal expertise that is required. It is in such instances that the LDF can provide financial support which assists the member in retaining an outside attorney with expertise in a particular area of law. Unfortunately, this is one of those times. We have members in need as a result of the ongoing Congressional impeachment investigation. Your contribution can help. Donations to the LDF are not tax deductible.

        https://www.afsa.org/donate

        On Twitter, Zaid listed a number of times when he has represented conservatives. He twice represented GOP members of Congress on cases related to the Freedom of Information Act, and he has represented the Republican National Committee as well.

        He also represented five CIA whistleblowers in the Benghazi case, and he represented the Daily Caller, a conservative publication.

        “The partisans are trying to smear the legal team as some liberal opposition,” Zaid wrote. “We are anything but that.” The Hill quoted two colleagues of Zaid saying he’s hardly political.

        https://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2019/oct/11/mark-levin/fact-checking-claims-about-whistleblowers-legal-te/

        Andrew Bakaj is lead counsel, while Mark Zaid is co-counsel. Both are well known national security attorneys. In an interview with Washingtonian, Zaid says the representation first came to Bakaj as a “a typical case referral,” and then Bakaj brought Zaid in to help. Before Bakaj founded his own firm, Compass Rose Legal Group, he was an investigator in the inspector general’s offices at both the CIA and the Department of Defense, working on probes into whistleblower reprisals. “He actually wrote the CIA’s internal rules on whistleblowing. He’s one of the best people suited for this representation,” says Zaid. Though Bakaj is not yet 40, “He has some of the most worthwhile experience of any whistleblower lawyer ever. I’ve been doing it 2.5 times as long, but the experience he has from the inside is so valuable and makes such a difference,” Zaid adds.

        Not only that, Bakaj has himself been a whistleblower. It’s how he and Zaid initially met, because Bakaj retained Zaid as his own counsel. Back when Bakaj worked for the CIA inspector general in 2014, he was retaliated against by superiors who wanted to out whistleblowers within the agency, according to a Yahoo News story from earlier this month. At the time, per the article: “The intelligence community’s inspector general, which conducts independent audits and reviews across the spy agencies, was investigating concerns about potential evidence manipulation at the CIA inspector general’s office, issues that Bakaj and others, some of whom still remain anonymous, had raised.”

        https://www.washingtonian.com/2019/09/24/meet-the-attorneys-representing-the-whistleblower-who-helped-launch-the-impeachment-inquiry/

        These attorneys can’t possibly be ignorant enough to conspire to allow their client to engage in illegal activities.

        All the RW propaganda rags are pushing this new Forever Trump meme, trying to use it to distract from the fact that Trump is going to impeached on a bribery charge.

        Trump should just allow all the witnesses to testify, and turn over all documents requested.

        If he didn’t fully know he was guilty, he would just let the full truth be transparently shown.  He’s deliberately hiding the facts and truth to protect himself from justice.

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        • #222378

          Voltairine
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          Vindman’s lawyer was as dumb as his customer and panicked in all too obvious way only after Vindman had fallen in the trap and admitted directly disobeying orders from his CIC based on his political disagreement with CIC.

          Argument that Deep State Clinton mafia lawyers can’t be this dumb is not a very good argument.

          Aloha!

  • #222307

    game meat
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    Whether this is true or not, it will probably all culminate with the whistleblower finally revealing him/herself, in which case it’s inevitable for this person to “write” a book, and appear on “The Rachel Maddow show” for an exclusive interview.

    It’s all show business.

    • #222376

      Voltairine
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      It’s much more important to know what role “Biden’s front man” Eric Ciaramella played in the illegal and destructive Neocon coup in Ukraine, Biden family etc. corruption, his possible connections with neonazi Azov battallion, his role in creating faux Russiagate, and why and how Google and Facebook are violating 1st Amendment in totally ridiculous way by banning mention of his name which every fucking body already knows on their platforms.

      Aloha!

  • #222310

    xyzse
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    Just weird.

    Then again, I just don’t care enough.  I still say I wish other notable whistleblowers were being protected and helped out as much.

  • #222483

    salemcourt
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    It seems like a lot of the people who get the defense funds are CIA personnel.  None for Julian Assange or Chelsea Manning or anyone (about 8 people) prosecuted by Obama for whistleblowing.  It seems like a front operation for the deep state.

    • #222516

      elias39
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      Doesn’t it?

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