A new complaint to the Intelligence Community Inspector General alleges the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry may have violated federal law by indirectly soliciting more than a quarter of a million dollars, Fox News is reporting.
The news network obtained a copy of the complaint, which was filed last week. It alleged the donations from about 6,000 people "clearly constitute" gifts to a current intelligence official. The gifts, mostly through a GoFundMe page, may be restricted because of various laws.
The GoFundMe page has raised over $227,000, according to Fox News.
Fox News posted a copy of the complaint on its website. It noted the complaint raised the possibility that some donations may have come from prohibited sources. Specifically, the complaint asks whether any "foreign citizen or agent of a foreign government" donated money.
Anthony Gallo, the lawyer representing the individual who filed the latest complaint, said: "I have not seen anything on this scale. 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."
According to Fox News, the nonprofit Whistleblower Aid worked with the original whistleblower's attorneys at the Compass Rose Legal Group to start the GoFundMe campaign.
And the lawyers for the original whistleblower had previously called the GoFundMe a way to "help support the Intelligence Community whistleblower (to) raise funds."
The GoFundMe page itself states that "A U.S. intelligence officer ... needs your help" in the form of a "crowdfunding effort to support the whistleblower's lawyers," Fox News reported.
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