A fundraising effort to help an unidentified U.S. intelligence official who first shared the contents of President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has passed $130,000.
Whistleblower Aid, a non-profit legal organization, launched the “Help the Intelligence Officer Whistleblower” GoFundMe page, which aims to help cover the whistleblower’s legal defense and other prospective fees or payments.
According to the Washington Examiner, the effort raised more than $60,000 on its first day before quickly doubling the figure on the second day.
From the report:
“The whistleblower took a great personal risk to defend our democracy, and did not do this for politics or personal gain. We need to have the whistleblower’s back,” the page reads.
“Let’s be clear–what’s happening is outrageous,” the page continues. “The law is clear–whistleblowers must be permitted to speak to Members of Congress anonymously. Lawful disclosures are a basic element of oversight and republican governance.”
We would appreciate any and all support US citizens can give. https://t.co/mqoJ8cTvJR
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) September 26, 2019
At the time of publication, the fundraiser had garnered just over $133,000 from more than 3,700 donors.
The whistleblower’s complaint quickly caused Democratic congressional members to back an effort to impeach President Trump, but Republicans are claiming the entire complaint is a big ol’ nothing burger.
After days of the complaint being shielded from the public, the Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee shared its contents.
In the official complaint, the whistleblower admits to not being “a direct witness to most of the events described.”
The admission seemingly provoked President Trump to speculate the individual could be a “partisan operative.”
“Sounding more and more like the so-called Whistleblower isn’t a Whistleblower at all. In addition, all second hand information that proved to be so inaccurate that there may not have even been somebody else, a leaker or spy, feeding it to him or her? A partisan operative?” Trump tweeted on Friday morning.
Sounding more and more like the so-called Whistleblower isn’t a Whistleblower at all. In addition, all second hand information that proved to be so inaccurate that there may not have even been somebody else, a leaker or spy, feeding it to him or her? A partisan operative?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2019
“Basically, that person never saw the report, never saw the call, he never saw the call — heard something and decided that he or she or whoever the hell they saw — they’re almost a spy,” Trump said at a private event the Intercontinental Hotel in New York on Thursday, per BizPac Review.
“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy,” the president continued. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
As BizPac Review reports, White House counselor KellyAnne Conway similarly called the whistleblower a “blowhard” and a “leaker.”
“The whistleblower is someone who does not have firsthand knowledge of what happened,” Conway responded. “I don’t consider them to be spies, but anybody who leaks conversations that are classified or are of national security sensitivity ought not to be working in the government — whoever you are — and I hope you’re watching, whoever you are.”Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.