The nation is still reeling from the release of a whistleblower complaint regarding alleged improprieties by President Trump during a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
During that phone call, the whistleblower alleges that the President made “promises” to Zelensky regarding foreign aide to the poor European nation in return for political “dirt” on possible 2020 opponent Joe Biden.
It should be noted that the whistleblower’s complain comes to us second-hand, as the complainant is merely relaying what he or she has been told by others with close ties to the President.
While the identity of the whistleblower must remain secret by law, new reports are now showing that they may very well have been part of the intelligence community.
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The whistleblower whose complaint alleged that President Trump tried to get Ukraine to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden is a CIA officer, The New York Times reported Thursday, citing three people familiar with his identity.
The officer was reportedly working in the White House at one point and has returned to the intelligence agency, according to the newspaper.
The Times reported that not much else is known about the whistleblower.
A lawyer for the alleged whistleblower urged caution.
“Any decision to report any perceived identifying information of the whistleblower is deeply concerning and reckless, as it can place the individual in harm’s way,” said Andrew Bakaj, his lead attorney. “The whistleblower has a right to anonymity.”
“Publishing details about the whistleblower will only lead to identification of someone, whether our client or the wrong person, as the whistleblower,” said Mark Zaid, one of the whistleblower’s other attorneys. “This will place this individual in a much more dangerous situation, not only in their professional world but also their possible personal safety.”
During his public testimony this morning, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire insisted that he had no knowledge of who the whistleblower might be, nor did he have any inclination to find out.
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