The whistleblower who spurred impeachment proceedings against President Trump is now the subject of a complaint that says the official may be soliciting illegal donations.
The complaint was filed last week by an intelligence officer to the Intelligence Community inspector general, focusing on a GoFundMe page for the whistleblower that has raised more than $227,000. It alleges the donations from nearly 6,000 individuals “clearly constitute” gifts to a current intelligence official, which are restricted by statute. Because many of the donors are anonymous, the complaint asks Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael Atkinson to investigate whether any “foreign citizen or agent of a foreign government” gave money.
The complaint also said the whistleblower’s lawyers may be abusing their client’s access to classified information.
The person who filed the new complaint holds a top-secret security clearance and has served in government, according to Tully Rinckey PLLC.
“It’s not about politics for my client — it’s whistleblower-on-whistleblower, and [my client’s] only interest is to see the government ethics rules are being complied with government-wide,” said Anthony Gallo, the managing partner of the law firm, to Fox News.
“My 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,” Gallo wrote in the letter to Atkinson.
The GoFundMe page was set up on Sept. 25 by Whistleblower Aid, a nonprofit group that includes the whistleblower’s legal team.
The Washington Examiner has reached out to Gallo and the whistleblower’s attorney Mark Zaid for comment.
The whistleblower, known to be a CIA analyst who once served on the National Security Council, filed a complaint to Atkinson about a July 25 phone call in which Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to look into a conspiracy theory regarding CrowdStrike and investigate Joe Biden, a Democratic candidate for president in 2020, in relation to his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine.
Although reports have not been confirmed, the alleged whistleblower was named as Eric Ciaramella by RealClearInvestigations. Ciaramella, 33, was Ukraine director on the National Security Council during the end of the Obama administration and remained there as acting senior director for European and Russian affairs during the early months of the Trump administration. He is now a deputy national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia on the National Intelligence Council.
In an impeachment process sparked by the complaint, which Atkinson found to be credible, Democrats are now building a case that accuses Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.