The Worm Turns: Complaint Filed With Intelligence Community Inspector General Charging Illegal Solicitation of Funds by Trump-Ukraine Whistleblower

Fancy this.  A newly filed complaint to the ICIG alleges that the anonymous whistleblower may be in violation of multiple federal statutes against accepting gifts in furtherance of his job, among other potential violations.

Those laws are:

 5 CFR § 2635.203 – Definitions.

  1. Chapter XVI. OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS
  2.  Subchapter B. GOVERNMENT ETHICS
  3. Part 2635. STANDARDS OF ETHICAL CONDUCT FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH
  4. Subpart B. Gifts From Outside Sources
  5.  Section 2635.203. Definitions.

U.S. Code § 7342. Receipt and disposition of foreign gifts and decorations

  1. Part III. EMPLOYEES
  2.  Subpart F. Labor-Management and Employee Relations
  3. Chapter 73. SUITABILITY, SECURITY, AND CONDUCT
  4. Subchapter IV. FOREIGN GIFTS AND DECORATIONS
  5. Section 7342. Receipt and disposition of foreign gifts and decorations

The complaint filed by Tully Rinckley, PLLC, via a letter to ICIG Michael Atkinson alleges that the GoFundMe account, ostensibly set up to benefit the ‘whistleblower’, violated federal law.

The GoFundMe account has raised over a quarter of a million dollars from over 6,100 individuals.  

The complainant “believes that the donations made by these 6,100 people clearly constitute a ‘gift’ for the benefit of a federal employee as defined at 5 CFR 2635.203(b).”

The complaint also noted that, “At least three donations are for $1,000 each.  Alternatively, my client believes that these donations, inter alia, constitute an indirectly solicited gift as defined at 5 CFR 2635.203(f)(2).”

In addition, the complainant “believes that many of these donations are from prohibited sources as defined by 5 CFR 2635.203(d).”  Prohibited sources include foreign citizens or agents of a foreign government.

The lawyer for the complainant wrote:

The most concerning allegation that my client believes is the 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.