September 26, 2019

It might not matter much now who the so-called “whistleblower” is; we know this person didn’t even hear the phone call that prompted his or her complaint. A more important question would be, who passed along such misinformation about the call, and why?

In my Wednesday commentary, I mentioned that the whistleblower’s attorney, Andrew Bakaj, had worked for Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer and had gone on to work for the CIA. We’ve got more detail today.

According to Tristan Justice at THE FEDERALIST, he has worked for both the CIA and the Pentagon and now specializes in whistleblower and security clearances in his legal practice. The managing partner at Compass Rose Legal Group, PLLC, Bakaj enjoys retweeting John Brennan and has bragged on Twitter about “running ops” to torpedo Trump nominees. For example, on September 25 of this year, he tweeted: “Thus far I’ve had a role in having a CIA IG removed and forced another one to withdraw his nomination for the position. We’ve had Congressional Intel Committee involvement – no small feat. I’m very patient and effective...This is another tactical and major salvo.”

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So, who were the two IGs torpedoed by Bakaj? Well, back on May 30, he tweeted: “A big day. I’m suing DHS to release their findings about my allegations concerning David Buckley and Chris Sharpley, former CIA IG and President Trump’s nominee to be CIA IG.” Maybe these were the officials he later bragged about taking down.

It gets worse. According to Steven Nelson at the WASHINGTON EXAMINER, the whistleblower –- or more accurately, the official who claimed whistleblower status –- is also represented by veteran national security defense attorney Mark Zaid, co-founder of the organization Whistleblower Aid, which pledges free legal representation, rent (!), media coaching (!), and doctor bills and counseling to whistleblowers. Founded eight months after Trump’s inauguration (which should tell you a lot), it was launched with “an advertising blitz that included mobile billboards being driven close to the White House, Congress, the Pentagon, and all around the headquarters of the CIA and National Security Agency.” Bakaj is also a lawyer for Whistleblower Aid.

So, in effect, if you leak from Trump’s administration, they take care of you all the way. Some aspects of this, such as mortgage assistance and the like, are generally considered unethical in the legal profession, and the American Bar Association prohibits such financial support, “because,” the rules state, “to do so would encourage clients to pursue lawsuits that might not otherwise be brought and because such assistance gives lawyers too great a financial stake in the litigation.” But co-founder John Tye has said he believes what they are doing is “100 percent compliant with applicable ethics rules.”

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Tye also claims Whistleblower Aid is non-partisan, but you will fall down laughing when you read what he said in 2017: “This is not a partisan effort. At the same time, the rule of law starts with the office of the President. Like many other people, we are definitely concerned about the things that are happening in the administration. The decision to fire [FBI Director] James Comey. The lack of transparency. A lot of people have questions about whether this administration respects the rule of law.”

I’ll bet a lot of people have questions about whether Whistleblower Aid is non-partisan, not to mention ethical, and how this so-called whistleblower came to be furnished with some outrageous gossip about Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president. For the moment, we can only speculate. Did he or she get it from an administration insider who heard the call but who “oversold” it in an attempt to damage Trump? Or was this like the old game of “telephone” in which the recipient of the rumor doesn’t hear it quite right? Or was the information deliberately planted with this person to find out if he or she was a source of leaks?

It’s also unclear what sort of financial arrangement the whistleblower has with Zaid and Bakaj. Of course, as of yet we don’t even know who this person is. First things first.

Ukraine whistleblower’s lawyers work for group that offers to pay officials who leak against Trump

But we do know for sure that this person filed a complaint based only on hearsay, not firsthand information, accusing President Trump of calling for a “quid pro quo” during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky in mid-July. (Zelensky, in a Wednesday press conference with President Trump, said he had not felt pressured.) For some reason, Intelligence IG Michael Atkinson decided this complaint, even with its total lack of evidence, was “urgent” and “credible” enough to brief congressional committees behind closed doors earlier this week, but cooler heads prevailed at the Department of National Intelligence and they did not immediately release the transcript to Congress, who responded with much gnashing of teeth and scenery-clawing.

Of course, you know the rest: The Democrats decided the content of the transcript didn’t even matter, and Nancy Pelosi, without taking a vote, announced an impeachment “inquiry” that Jerrold Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee was already conducting anyway. Her announcement really didn’t mean ANYTHING, but it was done to create drama and make people think they were getting closer to actual impeachment, and also to feed the 24-hour news beast.

And they did this the day before they knew Trump would be releasing the transcript. That gave them 24 more full hours of drama.

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I told you on Tuesday that this might play out like the old “Br’er Rabbit” story in which Br’er Rabbit begs and pleads with Br’er Fox to do anything he wanted with him but please, PLEASE not to throw him in the briar patch! The pain and suffering would be too great to bear! So then, Br’er Fox, being mean and stupid, throws Br’er Rabbit in the briar patch, which is just what Br’er Rabbit wants him to do because he easily slides through the briars and gets away.

Sure enough, that’s what happened. Democrats in Congress, being mean and, let’s face it, pretty dumb (think AOC), did what they thought Trump DIDN’T want them to do: they insisted on getting hold of that transcript. But when they got it, the call turned out to be not nearly as bad as it was supposed to be, and Trump slipped through their fingers again. If that weren’t enough, there were also references in the transcript to things Democrats don’t want to be talking about AT ALL.

I’m referring to the DNC “Russian” hack and also, of course, Joe Biden. On Thursday, John Solomon will be breaking huge news concerning mountains of new evidence of Biden’s unethical business dealings involving foreign governments and his son Hunter. In more news, the whistleblower complaint has just been declassified. And acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire will testify before the House Intel Committee on Thursday as well. So we’ll put it all together bright and early on Friday.

Whistleblower complaint declassified on eve of high-stakes testimony

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  • Dolores

    09/29/2019 02:23 PM

    I am watching Chris Wallace grill Stephen Miller this Sunday 9/29. What is Wallace doing on Fox? He’d be much more comfortable on CNN. He obviously hates President Trump. He is a tough pill to swallow. Mr. Miller is immovable. He reiterates his reply again and again no matter how many times Wallace interrupts and tries to trip him up. Impressive! I predict Mr. Miller will be running for President in 2024. Oh boo! Now he’s interviewing Hakeem Jeffries. I think I’ll change the channel.

  • Mike

    09/27/2019 07:19 PM

    Listening to Nancy Pelosi - what a joke. When did she or any Democrat give a damn about our Constitution or what our forefathers stated. She is such a phony. The entire Democrat party is a party of evil. They hate the President and therefore they are the "haters". I hope and pray that somebody with the RNC is keeping a lot of video's for upcoming campaign ads. There should be so many that they will have a hard time choosing. They definitely need to show the video of phony Joe Biden and his boasting of getting the prosecutor in Ukraine fired. And that would be just the start, with the likes of Schiff, Nadler, Dick "phony" Durbin and many others, they have plenty to work with. I hope and pray for a "red wave" in November of 2020. But that means a lot of people who actually still like our President and our country go and vote. God knows the Demorats will cheat their way through any election if they can, so good patriots, conservatives and evangelicals need to vote against the party of evil- Democrats!

  • Lauren R MacArthur

    09/27/2019 04:24 PM

    The so-called "whistleblower" has not acted in good conscience. This is a premeditated plan....not necessarily to take down the President....because they cannot (although IF that happened they wouldn't be unhappy).....but to get rid of Barr....because they fear him......and Biden! They are embarrassed by him and want to be able to focus on Warren. "Killing two birds with one stone." But, in the case of Barr, it will not work. And, who is paying for all this nonsense? Soros.

  • Joe Wilkerson

    09/27/2019 04:20 PM

    I'd love to be a fly on the whistleblowers wall long enough to get a step or two ahead of him/her and hatch my own scheme to catch them.

  • TERRY Schuster WILSON

    09/27/2019 03:17 PM

    Tell the republicans to stand together and pray for Susan Collins I noticed they are working on her for her vote put the liars behind bars

  • Janet E Senatore

    09/27/2019 02:43 PM

    The thing that gets me is that this "whistleblower" has nothing but, what in a court of law would be considered hearsay, and thrown out. What gives?

  • Rexford O Ames

    09/27/2019 11:44 AM

    What ever happened to the Congress doing the Peoples Business? This politics gamesmanship is not what the Voters voted for. Sadly, We the people have allowed the System to be changed so radically that the Parties have managed to change State Voting Laws in their favor.
    Real voting laws have been subverted and screwed with so badly, that we no longer vote for the candidate of our choice. We are only allowed to vote for the Candidate of the Parties choice and you must commit allegiance to that party if you choose to vote.
    This is the main vehicle that we get to see the Bull and Crap, being played out by Elite Members of Congress, both in the House and the Senate.
    It is so bad that, if what I hear and see is correct. Elected officials must begin setting up their re-elections the minute they have won their office?
    It is going to get worse. Of that concern , there is no doubt!

  • Bob Boynton

    09/27/2019 11:09 AM

    3 cheers for the rabbit. Trump the fox and get on with the farmers businss

  • louis Zachman

    09/27/2019 09:49 AM

    you know these facts and I am sure others in this administration do as well. Why haven't steps been taken to eliminate these vermin from the WH? Where does it end ???

  • Ronda McCarty

    09/27/2019 08:19 AM

    The Democratic Party Is A Domestic Terrorist Group. ALL of their High Crimes MUST Now Be Exposed and They ALL MUST GO TO PRISON!!!

  • Alex McLeod

    09/27/2019 08:18 AM

    Hillary Clinton hasn't made it to the TOP... Watch her decide to run for president. She can't see herself as a three-time loser. "We the people" need to start praying.

  • Brenda Winburn

    09/27/2019 07:54 AM


  • Donna Wiberg

    09/27/2019 07:50 AM

    Interesting how these “democracy” advocates disregard the vote of the American citizens.

  • Kay DeWitt

    09/27/2019 07:46 AM

    It's time for Christians to take a stand against this evil and prove that they really believe that greater is He that is in them than he who is in the world and in the Democrats!!!!....And if they DON'T stand up against he who is in the Democrats, then they are a part of the problem we face with our kids going to early graves because it is he who is in the world...Satan himself...who is killing our kids...not guns! It is time for Christians to stop running from Bible study to Bible study to talk ABOUT Jesus and start BEING Jesus...BEING the He who is in them against the he who is in the Democrats! The Bible was meant to be the MEANS TO the end
    ....that end being KNOWING Christ personally....and when we make it the end, rather THAN the means TO it, the very Bible can become idolatrous!!! This evil that we are now facing is a result of the mockery Christendom has made of what it means to BE a Christian who picks up his cross so that he can BE a vessel of the FRUIT... of HIS unconditional love....would identify one as BEING His disciple and would HAVE the supernatural power to have victory OVER the evil we are now facing....BECAUSE...instead of picking up a cross, Christians have picked up a purse waiting for it to be filled with the wealth that they were told would be their "right" as a disciple of Christ thereby buying Satan's lies rather than TAKING a stand against his lies....because Christians lacked the spiritual discernment to SEE that the message of the prosperity gospel WAS a lie out of the pit of hell because it did nothing more than baptize the American dream, the end result now being the American nightmare we are now facing!!!

  • j. debra halsmith

    09/27/2019 07:45 AM

    Continuing to PRAY for my President et al!!!
    For such a time as this, God has given us someone who has the stamina & chutzpah to see beyond the fake fronts of the real deep cancer in this country!!!
    Thanks, Gov, and your team for keeping us all posted with the real events happening & exposing the lies, etc.
    I have always loved this country since a cbild [am a legal immigrant from Canada!] too much to let this all to allow it be given over to these sheisters!!! They don't want "We The People"..."Only "us" the people!"
    God have mercy on their souls!!!
    Soli Deo Gloria

  • Wayne C. Ortner

    09/27/2019 07:43 AM

    I did watch the comedy club yesterday, It gets me on how it okay for Demo's to do it but not Trump, which continues to reinforce my thoughts as to maybe Trump might consider investigating the "investigators'? I am very sure that would sure upset their apple cart. One quote I saw was about Pelosi and her guoteing the Constitution and was referred to as hearing Satan quote Bible verses!

  • Cindy Wallace

    09/27/2019 07:28 AM

    I think the whole thing is a double whammy...use the whistleblower to damage Trump which will result in Biden also being damaged as the Republicans dig in on the Biden/Hunter Biden story. They get the moderate gaff machine out of the race but with no blood on their hands like with Wasserman-Schultz a few years ago. Although ruthless with their own guy it is none the less brilliant. They get a two-for.

  • Gregg zappone

    09/27/2019 02:13 AM

    So when do the bad guys get arrested, already! It’s getting tiring to hear about all of this with no apparent consequences. Do we no longer prosecute?

  • Deborah Poteet-Johnson

    09/26/2019 08:32 PM

    I love the Bre'r Rabbit analogy! That's pretty clever, Mike! I also love the way we're getting to see all of the slime as these swamps are being drained!!

  • Roseann Irizarry

    09/26/2019 08:17 PM

    The House of Representatives did exactly what the Democratic National Committee had planned when they created the phony filthy dossier about exploits of Trump that reminded us of revenge which was Clintonesque. Now we have charges by shifty Schiff of maffia ties to influence the 2020 election. Oh wait now we are expecting without a special council to impeach a president because of corruption of the vice-president’s son and billions in corrupt contracts. Who is running this show?

  • Anita Mae Barker

    09/26/2019 07:54 PM

    Bless you, Mike.

  • Gene

    09/26/2019 07:40 PM

    Please consider what Mark Levin speculated on which is that the whistleblower document looks like it's written by lawyers as if Schiff had his lawyers write it and plant it. Also why would Pelosi come out before it and the phone transcripts were released except that she was already tipped off on what was in the whistleblower document since it actually came from Adam Schiff and his lawyers. Schiff also seemed all too ready to pounce.

  • Mary Blalock

    09/26/2019 07:26 PM

    I'm feeling like God is like this happen just show how strong our president is and how stupid the Democrats are and their corruption

  • Joan Smith

    09/26/2019 07:10 PM

    Why isn't the Federalist information on the news? Does Hannity know about this? He should. I think he's the only one, even on FOX that is truly defending President Trump. Why didn't Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire know about this today when he testified. How are ALL Americans going to find out this information? People who only watch and read the Main Stream Media trash won't hear anything about this because they're too scared to check out FOX or you or anywhere else where this might be seen.

    Can it be put on uTube? Can it be put into a Republican ad and shown on TV? Can space be rented in Time Square on that huge screen to show it? Has Rush seen it?

    Father God, is this one of the ambushes that You're setting as we sing: I give thanks to You, Lord, for Your love endures forever? (2 Chronicles 20) Thank You that You're fighting this battle for us. I DO give thanks to You, Lord, for Your love DOES endure forever! And I'll try very hard not to fret as You've cautioned me. Thank You. I pray and thank You in Jesus' Name. Amen.

  • Bob Gallagher

    09/26/2019 06:59 PM

    Like this a lot! The 'Left's' moves are so predictable!