IG REPORT: Whistleblower Possibly Broke Federal Law by Improperly Fundraising

  • 2019-11-12
  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Staff
IG REPORT: Whistleblower Possibly Broke Federal Law by Improperly Fundraising
 
A new report by the Intelligence Community Inspector General is alleging that the Democrat's Ukraine whistleblower may have broken federal law by improperly fundraising.

According to Fox News:

EXCLUSIVE: A newly filed complaint to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) alleges that the whistleblower whose allegations 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 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 pursuant to 5 CFR 2635.203 and other statutes. To date, the GoFundMe has raised over $227,000.

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The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) warned federal government employees earlier this year that they "may not accept any gift given because of the employee's official position," meaning that the gift would "not have been given had the employee not held the status, authority, or duties associated with the employee's federal position."

The OGE also cautioned that gifts may not be accepted from "prohibited sources," including anyone who "conducts activities regulated by the employee’s agency" or who "has interests that can be affected by the performance or non-performance of the employee’s official duties."

The whistleblower's attorneys, who are anti-Trump have stated that the fundraising is to pay for the legal costs incurred.

[READ MORE: Whistleblower's Attorney Called for Trump Coup in 2017]

 Source: TTN

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