‘We Need To Have The Whistleblower’s Back:’ Whistleblower Fundraises Following Impeachment Inquiry

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The whistleblower who filed a complaint regarding President Donald Trump’s talks with Ukrainian officials is fundraising off of the impeachment inquiry that has launched following the news.

A whistleblower complaint filed in August accused Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, during a July 25 phone call. Compass Rose Legal Group, the group of lawyer’s representing the whistleblower, added a link on its website to a GoFundMe requesting money for the whistleblower to help with legal fees. (RELATED: Here’s A Transcript Of Trump’s Call With Ukraine’s President)

“We’re working with the whistleblower and just launched a crowdfunding effort to support the whistleblower’s lawyers,” the GoFundMe page reads. “The Department of Justice has incorrectly asserted that this whistleblower doesn’t deserve legal protections. This brave public servant could face retaliation and needs your support.

The funding request adds that the whistleblower “took a great personal risk” and urges Americans to “have the whistleblower’s back.” The complaint has sparked the House of Representatives to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump, and there is controversy over whether the whistleblower should be allowed to testify in front of the committee anonymously. Trump has said he wants the identity of the whistleblower.

“Let’s be clear–what’s happening is outrageous. The law is clear–whistleblowers must be permitted to speak to Members of Congress anonymously. Lawful disclosures are a basic element of oversight and republican governance,” it reads.

A letter from the whistleblower’s attorneys, available online, conveys “serious concerns” that their client’s personal safety is in danger. It requests that leaders in both political parties “speak out in favor of whistleblower protection.”

The whistleblower has raised around $183,000 at the time of publication. The goal, according to the page, is to raise $250,000. Additional money will go to “other brave whistleblowers” that “stand up to executive overreach.”

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