Attorney for Ukraine “whistleblower” turns out to be a former Schumer and Hillary staffer

Earlier today it was revealed that the attorney for the “whistleblower” is actually a former Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton staffer:

From his bio:

Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Andrew was a private practice attorney in Washington, DC and clerked with the Department of Justice. Furthermore, he has Capitol Hill experience having served three United States Senators: Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Charles E. Schumer, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.



Bakaj, who used to work for the CIA and the DOJ, apparently lost his security clearance:

The Washington Examiner had a report out earlier on this as well, titled “Ukraine whistleblower’s lawyers work for group that offers to pay officials who leak against Trump”:

The anonymous U.S. intelligence official accusing President Trump of improperly pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is represented by two lawyers who run a group that offers financial help to fired whistleblowers.

Whistleblower Aid was launched in September 2017 — eight months after Trump’s inauguration — with an advertising blitz that involved mobile billboards being driven close to the White House, Congress, outside the Pentagon, and around the headquarters of the CIA and National Security Agency.

The group’s pledge of support, in addition to free legal representation including rent and mortgage assistance, media coaching, and doctor’s bills and counseling, is controversial among lawyers. Critics say it violates attorney ethics.

Whistleblower Aid was founded by veteran national security defense attorney Mark Zaid and John Tye, a whistleblower who worked to promote internet freedom at the State Department before warning of mass surveillance during the Obama administration. Andrew Bakaj, a former CIA officer who is associated with Zaid’s firm, is also a lawyer for Whistleblower Aid.

Zaid and Bakaj represent the official who claimed whistleblower status in raising the case of the Ukraine call.

And with Bakaj’s strong connections to Democrats via Schumer and Hillary, now you know how the so-called “whistleblower” complaint surfaced to Democrats and the media last week.

Trump had said that he’d been told the “whistleblower” was a partisan and that’s exactly what this looks like.

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