IG is hiding more evidence of bias by anonymous sources of complaint
The New York Times reported that, along with the intelligence officer “whistleblower” being a registered Democrat and having a “professional relationship” with a 2020 Democrat, there remains a third redacted reason critics could accuse him of “potential bias” when submitting his complaint to the Intelligence Community inspector general.We should know everything about this person that is relevant to his or her credibility. You don't overthrow the government on the basis of hearsay from an anonymous source.
The Washington Examiner’s Byron York reported Tuesday that the intelligence officer “whistleblower” had a “professional relationship” with a 2020 Democrat presidential candidate and was a registered Democrat, which critics could use to accuse the “whistleblower” of bias against President Donald Trump and his administration.
However, the New York Times‘ Nicholas Fandos also reported Tuesday that there remains a third reason that the “whistleblower identified” that could “be used to accuse him of potential bias against Mr. Trump.”
Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson suggested in his initial review of the complaint that there are some indications of “an arguable political bias on the part of the complainant in favor of a rival political candidate.”
The third indication remains a secret to the public; however, the others, like his party affiliation and history with a presidential candidate, could shed light on the intelligence officer’s motivations to submit a whistleblower complaint regarding President Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Mark Zaid, a lawyer for the “whistleblower,” released a statement Wednesday attempting to dispel accusations of the whistleblower’s alleged political bias against the president.
Zaid said that these accusations of political bias had been used to “mischaracterize” and “detract” from the “substance of the complaint.” Further, Zaid said the “whistleblower is not the story” and that the “identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant.”
Prominent Republicans across the political spectrum have argued that the public should know the identity of the “whistleblower” and his complaint that pushed Democrats to move towards an impeachment inquiry of President Trump.