ICIG Michael Atkinson Spotted Walking Out of Schiff’s Bunker After Whistleblower Files Complaint Against Eric Ciaramella For Soliciting Illicit Donations
Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson spent quite a lot of time in Adam Schiff’s basement bunker Tuesday morning after a whistleblower filed a complaint against Eric Ciaramella for soliciting illicit donations through a GoFundMe page.
Colleague Gillian Turner rpts Intelligence Community IG General Michael Atkinson just left the Intel Committee. Had been in the SCIF for a while
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 12, 2019
It is unclear what was discussed but Michael Atkinson is a major link in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
CIA snitch Eric Ciaramella filed a whistleblower complaint in August over a July 25 phone call President Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky alleging Trump engaged in quid pro quo when he pressured Zelensky to investigate the Biden crime family.
Changes were made to the whistleblower form to include watercooler talk, gossip and second-hand information and ICIG Michael Atkinson defended the changes.
Atkinson admitted in a statement last month that the agency changed its own whistleblower rules *because of the anti-Trump complaint* from CIA snitch Eric Ciaramella.
Was Atkinson discussing the new whistleblower complaint against Eric Ciaramella or was he preparing for Wednesday’s public hearing?
A complaint was filed last week to the Intelligence Community Inspector General alleging the ‘whistleleaker’ Eric Ciaramella may have violated federal law by illicitly soliciting more than $250,000 from anonymous donors through a GoFundMe page.
The complaint raised the possibility that donations may have come from ‘foreign citizens’ or ‘agents of a foreign government’ — both prohibited sources according to ICIG.
Eric Ciaramella’s lawyers have promoted the GoFundMe and other fundraising efforts such as ‘Whistleblower Aid’ for their client claiming only US citizens can donate.
The majority of the donors to the GoFundMe are anonymous and a legal expert told Fox News that the ICIG likely would need to subpoena the website to obtain more information on their origins.
“We are requesting you investigate whether [criminal statutes or regulations have] been violated by the federal employee you are protecting when they reportedly requested an investigation into a matter that they had no direct personal knowledge of, and on account of which they were able to obtain sizeable gifts from unknown persons because of their official duty,” the whistleblower’s lawyer Gallo concluded, according to Fox News.