The CIA whistleblower allegedly had a “professional” tie to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, according to intelligence officers and former White House officials.
The whistleblower — who sparked a controversy about a phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — worked “in the executive branch,” according to his lawyers. The Washington Examiner has said that the whistleblower is a career CIA analyst, worked with the National Security Council at the White House, and has since left. The New York Times also reported that he was a CIA officer and was detailed to the National Security Council.
Michael Atkinson, the Intelligence Community’s inspector general, said that although the whistleblower’s complaint was credible, he showed “arguable political bias.” Atkinson also told members of Congress that the whistleblower had a “professional tie” to a 2020 Democratic candidate.
A retired CIA officer expanded on the claim.
“From everything we know about the whistleblower and his work in the executive branch then, there is absolutely no doubt he would have been working with Biden when he was vice president,” the retired officer told the Washington Examiner.
A former Trump administration official said that the whistleblower would have been in close proximity to Biden’s work on foreign affairs either at the CIA or when he was detailed to the White House. The former official spoke on a condition of anonymity.
“This person, after working with Biden, may feel defensive towards him because he feels [Biden] is being falsely attacked. Maybe he is even talking to Biden’s staff,” the former official said. “Maybe it is innocent, maybe not.”
Trump lashed out at the whistleblower on Twitter on Wednesday.
The whistleblower’s lawyers insist that he was not motivated by politics.
“First, our client has never worked for or advised a political candidate, campaign, or party,” said Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid. “Second, our client has spent their entire government career in apolitical, civil servant positions in the Executive Branch.”