Complaint alleges whistleblower who touched off impeachment inquiry violated federal law

A new complaint to the Intelligence Community Inspector General alleges that the whistleblower who helped touched off House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry may have violated federal law by indirectly soliciting more than a quarter-million dollars from mostly anonymous sources via a GoFundMe page.

The complaint, which was filed anonymously last week and obtained by Fox News, alleged the donations from roughly 6,000 individuals “clearly constitute” gifts to a current intelligence official that may be restricted because of the employee’s official position under the law.

The GoFundMe pitch has raised more than $227,000 to date, the network reported.

The complaint also raised the possibility that some of the donations may have come from improper sources, and asked the ICIG to look into whether any “foreign citizen or agent of a foreign government” contributed.

Tully Rinckey, the New York law firm representing the person reporting the allegations, was guarding the identity of their client, though Fox News learned that the individual holds a top-secret security clearance and has served in government.

“I have not seen anything on this scale,” Anthony Gallo, the managing partner of Tully Rinckey, told Fox News, referring to the fundraising. “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.”

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