Report: Lawyers request federal protection for whistleblower

Democrats are ramping up the drama around the CIA whistleblower who filed a complaint regarding Trump’s July call with the president of Ukraine.

According to reports, federal protection has now been sought for the whistleblower due to that individual’s concerns for his personal safety.

Perceived Threat

60 Minutes broke the story that the whistleblower’s lawyers sent a letter to the Director of National Intelligence requesting federal protection for their client and subsequently indicated that the whistleblower had in fact been taken into federal protective custody.

According to the reports, the reason for the request was that after the whistleblower complaint was made, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet rhetorically pondering who might have turned over the information in question.

Since the so-called whistleblower had no direct knowledge of the president’s phone conversation, nor did he have access to the transcript, someone on the inside had to have given him or her the information forming the basis of the complaint.

When Trump hinted that individual should be treated as a “spy,” alarms went off in the Democrat party. Representatives for the whistleblower took Trump’s words as a threat to both the “spy” and their client.

The petition for federal protection also stated that someone had offered a $50,000 bounty for information on the individual. With that perceived threat in the air, the lawyers wanted their client to receive federal protection.

Conflicting Reports

CBS made the letter to the DNI public. In it, Andrew P. Bakaj, lead attorney for the “Intelligence Community Whistleblower,” wrote: “The purpose of this letter is to formally notify you of serious concerns we have regarding our client’s personal safety.”

He went on: “We appreciate your office’s support thus far to activate appropriate resources to ensure their [the whistleblower’s] safety.”

Now, another lawyer on the whistleblower’s team has since spoken out and said that the story that CBS broke regarding the federal protection request was “completely misinterpreted.”

According to Politico, the lawyer said that “no agreement has been reached with Congress on contact with the whistleblower, and discussions remain ongoing.”

As such, it still remains unclear what action, if any, the federal government has taken to ensure the whistleblower’s safety.

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