The Democrats did it again. In shades of the Brett Kavanaugh smear job, the Democrats just got dealt a lethal blow in their now doomed impeachment plan.
Turns out the Intelligence Community’s Inspector General, Michael Atkinson, admitted under questioning by House Republicans that the anti-Trump whistleblower had a working relationship with one of the 2020 Dem candidates.
In other words, the guy who worked with, in some capacity that we do not yet know, a candidate to take on Trump in the most important election of our time leaked on Trump to try to take him down.
How convenient. From The Washington Examiner: Under questioning from Republicans during last Friday’s impeachment inquiry interview with Atkinson, the inspector general revealed that the whistleblower’s possible bias was not that he was simply a registered Democrat.
It was that he had a significant tie to one of the Democratic presidential candidates currently vying to challenge President Trump in next year’s election.
“The IG said [the whistleblower] worked or had some type of professional relationship with one of the Democratic candidates,” said one person with knowledge of what was said.
“The IG said the whistleblower had a professional relationship with one of the 2020 candidates,” said another person with knowledge of what was said.
“What [Atkinson] said was that the whistleblower self-disclosed that he was a registered Democrat and that he had a prior working relationship with a current 2020 Democratic presidential candidate,” said a third person with knowledge of what was said.
All three sources said Atkinson did not identify the Democratic candidate with whom the whistleblower had a connection. It is unclear what the working or professional relationship between the two was.
In the Aug. 26 letter, Atkinson said that even though there was evidence of possible bias on the whistleblower’s part, “such evidence did not change my determination that the complaint relating to the urgent concern ‘appears credible,’ particularly given the other information the ICIG obtained during its preliminary review.”
The IC inspector general told lawmakers that the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower had a working relationship with one of the current 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, according to three sources with knowledge of the testimony. https://t.co/YwNrz4SaE8
— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 8, 2019
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) October 8, 2019