Report: Lawyer for Ukraine ‘whistleblowers’ created group encouraging leakers to come forward

October 7, 2019

If the Ukraine controversy engulfing President Donald Trump is starting to look like a coordinated political setup…well, it isn’t by accident.

Eight months after President Trump rose to the Oval Office, a lawyer representing the now-multiple whistleblowers co-founded an organization to encourage damaging government leaks against the Trump administration, Breitbart reported Sunday. The group, called Whistleblower Aid, offers legal assistance to whistleblowers with a clear anti-Trump slant, noting that “whistleblowers are more important than ever in keeping our nation unified under the rule of law.”

The truth behind the “whistleblowers”

Mark Zaid, a self-described “non-partisan” attorney representing the whistleblowers, confirmed Sunday reports that a second whistleblower with “firsthand knowledge” would soon step forward to join the first shadowy official whose hearsay-based complaint is at the basis of the Democrats’ recent push to impeach Trump.

Those who see a strange pattern forming may not be surprised to learn that Zaid co-founded Whistleblower Aid, an organization that appears to have been explicitly set up to attack Trump by providing “lawful alternatives to illicit leaking,” per the group’s website. (Translation: Got damaging secrets about Trump? Give us a call!)

The group set up a GoFundMe page to pay for the legal expenses of the first “whistleblower” in what appears to be the latest effort by leftists to help bureaucrats with an anti-Trump bias pursue the president. The group began blasting out mobile advertisements in Washington seeking potential tipsters in September of 2017, The Washington Post reported, not long after Trump entered office.

The group’s rhetoric is also clearly anti-Trump (and almost impossible to distinguish from 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren’s stump speech formulas): “Today our Republic is under threat. Whistleblower Aid is committed to protecting the rule of law in the United States and around the world,” the group said upon launching.

The leftist slant of the group quickly attracted the attention of conservative media, and that statement was revised to get rid of the words, “Our Republic is under threat.” But the group’s co-founder, John Tye, a former State Department official who blew the whistle on mass surveillance under President Barack Obama, continued to express alarm that the “rule of law” was eroding under Trump, citing Trump’s decision to fire James Comey and vague concerns about “transparency.”

More leftist connections

For its part, the group says it was founded to support fired whistleblowers with free legal support, in addition to rent and mortgage assistance, psychotherapy and counseling, PR coaching, and other services. That might seem odd on its own — without considering that Zaid is also the executive director for the James Madison Project, on whose advisory board John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman, sits.

Moreover, Breitbart reports that Zaid’s partner, Tye, once worked for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an “anti-hate” group known for its infamous “hate map,” which lumps in mainstream conservative organizations with fringe, racist groups like the KKK, as well as the super left-wing, George Soros-funded American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Tye has also worked for Avaaz, a leftist activist group that was founded by two Soros-funded organizations, MoveOn.org and Res Publica.

But the leftist slant of Whistleblower Aid is just one sign of political motive in the whistleblower controversy. Another attorney for the whistleblowers, Andrew Bakaj, a former CIA officer and whistleblower who also works at Whistleblower Aid, is reportedly a Joe Biden campaign donor.

Meanwhile, the whistleblower scandal engulfing Trump is already proceeding according to a pattern very familiar to a nation that lived through the two-year Russia hoax. Recent reports from outlets like The Washington Examiner have alleged that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who played a central role in propagating the false Trump–Russia collusion narrative, had advance knowledge of the first whistleblower’s complaint have certainly done little to counter the impression that political maneuvering is afoot.

Could it be any more obvious that this scandal is a counter-offensive orchestrated by the left to nullify the 2016 election? The only thing missing is an #ImWithHer hashtag.

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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.