Lawyers For Ukraine Whistleblower Work For Group That Offers To Pay Officials Who Leak Against Trump


Nancy Pelosi announced today that the Democrat-run
House was launching a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. And now we’re finding
out more about who working on the backside of the whole thing. This is going to backfire
& it’s going to be absolutely beautiful. This is how desperate the left is. They aren’t
very smart. They truly believe that the American people are dumb and won’t find out the truth.
The light continues to expose Democrat lies. Hillary Clinton still can’t accept that
she lost the election. Grab the popcorn, folks. Via Washington Examiner: The anonymous U.S. intelligence official accusing
President Trump of improperly pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is represented by
two lawyers who run a group that offers financial help to fired whistleblowers. Whistleblower Aid was launched in September
2017 — eight months after Trump’s inauguration — with an advertising blitz that involved
mobile billboards being driven close to the White House, Congress, outside the Pentagon,
and around the headquarters of the CIA and National Security Agency. The group’s pledge of support, in addition
to free legal representation including rent and mortgage assistance, media coaching, and
doctor’s bills and counseling, is controversial among lawyers. Critics say it violates attorney
ethics. Whistleblower Aid was founded by veteran national
security defense attorney Mark Zaid and John Tye, a whistleblower who worked to promote
internet freedom at the State Department before warning of mass surveillance during the Obama
administration. Andrew Bakaj, a former CIA officer who is associated with Zaid’s firm,
is also a lawyer for Whistleblower Aid. Zaid and Bakaj represent the official who
claimed whistleblower status in raising the case of the Ukraine call. The official works at one of the 17 separate
U.S. government intelligence agencies that are collectively referred to as “the intelligence
community.” Democrats say the official’s revelations could justify impeachment if Trump
requested that his potential 2020 Democratic challenger be investigated in return for withholding
foreign aid. It is unclear whether the nonprofit organization
has provided assistance to the official or what financial arrangement there is between
the official and attorneys Zaid and Bakaj. Whistleblower Aid launched with a $1.5 million
donation from Tye. Whistleblower Aid describes itself as “a
pioneering, non-profit law firm that helps patriotic government employees and brave,
private-sector workers report and publicize their concerns” with legal advice that “is
confidential, but never ideological or partisan.” Asked in 2017 about the timing of the group’s
launch, Tye said, “We want to advise people what to do, whether it’s going to Congress,
or an inspector general or Robert Mueller,” referring to the special counsel handling
the Russia investigation. He added, “This is not a partisan effort.
At the same time, yes, the rule of law starts with the office of the president. Like many
other people, we are definitely concerned about things that are happening in the administration.
The decision to fire [FBI Director] James Comey. The lack of transparency. A lot of
people have questions about whether this administration respects the rule of law.” Tye told the Washington Examiner that the
official who exposed the content of the Ukrainian call to the intelligence community’s inspector
general did not connect with their attorneys through Whistleblower Aid’s encrypted communications
platform. Asked whether the organization was “providing or standing ready to provide
assistance” to the official, he replied, ‘Yes, absolutely.” He did not respond
to additional requests for information.” President Trump responded to news of the impeachment
inquiry.

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