You’ve probably heard by now that the whistleblower who filed the complaint against President Trump for allegedly pressuring the president of the Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden over allegations of Biden family crime in the country was cited as having “possible political bias” in the inspector general report.
Now, it’s been revealed – by CNN of all networks – that the whistleblower was, in fact, a registered Democrat, and that was why the mention of “possible political bias” was included.
CNN’s Jake Tapper broke the news in this clip from the news network, which you can watch right here:
Jake Tapper also announced the breaking news on Twitter:
The confirmation that the whistleblower was, indeed, a biased Democrat is causing quite a buzz and quite a bit of speculation on Twitter about Democrats' real motives, along with calls to investigate the whistleblower!
Check it out:
Here's more from CNN (via MSN):
The "possible political bias" mentioned --and then dismissed -- in the Intelligence Community Inspector General report refers to the fact that the anonymous whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Donald Trump's interactions with the Ukrainian President is a registered Democrat, a source familiar with the ongoing investigation told CNN Thursday.
The intelligence community's inspector general, Michael Atkinson, acknowledged an indication of possible political bias in his assessment of the complaint but made clear that it did not change his overall conclusion that it appeared to be credible.
"Further although the ICIG's preliminary reviewed identified some indicia of bias of an arguable political bias on the part of the complainant in favor of a rival political candidate, 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," Atkinson wrote.
Mark Zaid, an attorney for the whistleblower, responded to this story on Twitter by saying, "We won't comment on identifying info but if true, give me a break! Bias? Seriously? Most ppl are."
An expert on whistleblowers tells CNN he suspects the inspector general included the "possible bias" language, before dismissing it, as "a CYA measure" since being of the other party -- a party the President once belonged to -- is not disqualifying in any way.
Despite Atkinson and acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire saying they believed the whistleblower acted in good faith, Trump and some of his Republican allies have sought to discredit the individual.
Maguire broke with Trump and his Republican supporters last week during an open hearing on Capitol Hill, defending the whistleblower and the intelligence committee watchdog who exposed contacts with Ukraine that could help lead to the President's impeachment.
"I believe that the whistleblower and the inspector general have acted in good faith throughout. I have every reason to believe that they have done everything by the book and followed the law," Maguire said while testifying before a key House committee.
The Washington Examiner also said:
The mention of “possible political bias” in the intelligence community inspector general report was included because the whistleblower is a registered Democrat.
The fact that the whistleblower is registered as such did not undermine the credibility of his complaint, according to Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson.
“Further although the ICIG's preliminary reviewed identified some indicia of bias of an arguable political bias on the part of the complainant in favor of a rival political candidate, 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,” Atkinson wrote.