The whistleblower accusing President Trump of abuse of power’s attorneys denied Wednesday that he had a ‘professional’ link to a 2020 Democratic candidate, saying he is an apolitical civil servant who has met candidates of both parties.
The unnamed CIA agent’s attorneys issued a rare public statement after President Trump tweeted a link on Tuesday to a report saying that there was a ‘professional relationship’ between the whistleblower and a candidate.
Trump tweeted: ‘This is just the beginning.’ Later on Tuesday, he tweeted: ‘The Whistleblower has ties to one of my DEMOCRAT OPPONENTS.’
But late Wednesday, the lawyers said they wanted to ‘clarify some facts,’ and said in the statement: ‘Our client has never worked for or advised a political candidate, campaign, or party.
‘Second, our client has spent their entire government career in apolitical, civil servant positions in the Executive Branch.
‘Third, in these positions, our client has come into contact with presidential candidates from both parties in their roles as elected officials – not as candidates.’
The claim of a ‘professional link’ between the CIA agent and a candidate was made in an article by Washington Examiner columnist and conservative commentator Byron York.
The whistleblower, who alleges misconduct on Trump’s part, had already been identified as having a Democratic affiliation, although many careers, apolitical members of the government are registered as members of one of the two main political parties. Trump himself was a registered Democrat.
A person with knowledge of the Inspector General (IG) for the Intelligence Community’s recent testimony to the House, was reported by York to have indicated there was an additional ‘professional relationship.’
‘The IG said [the whistleblower] worked or had some type of professional relationship with one of the Democratic candidates,’ a source told the Examiner.
Another source told the paper: ‘The IG said the whistleblower had a professional relationship with one of the 2020 candidates.’
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