The first provides polling data that shows, by a wide margin, that respondents believe Sammy should testify publicly:
Half of voters say the whistleblower at the center of President Trump's Ukraine controversy should publicly testify before Congress, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll released Tuesday.
The survey found that 51 percent of registered voters said the whistleblower should testify in a public setting on Capitol Hill, while 35 percent said the person should testify privately in a congressional committee hearing.
Could any result be less surprising? Americans have a pretty good idea of what fair play is and what it isn't. Dems are playing with fire with their shenanigans, and the fire will be fanned by the second new bit of information.
The second update has to do with the reports that Sammy was connected to a prominent Dem politician in a professional capacity. More details are being alleged. Byron York reports that three sources state that the prominent Dem is a 2020 candidate. Yeah--that would be indicia of bias, just maybe. No wonder Sammy's identity needs to be hidden. And what does this say for the credibility of Sammy's lawyer?
In an Aug. 26 letter, the Intelligence Community's inspector general, Michael Atkinson, wrote that the anonymous whistleblower who set off the Trump-Ukraine impeachment fight showed "some indicia of an arguable political bias ... in favor of a rival political candidate."
A few weeks later, news reports said the whistleblower's possible bias was that he is a registered Democrat. That was all. Incredulous commentary suggested that Republicans who were pushing the bias talking point were so blinded by their own partisanship that they saw simple registration with the Democratic Party as evidence of wrongdoing.
"Give me a break!" tweeted whistleblower lawyer Mark Zaid. "Bias? Seriously?"
Now, however, there is word of more evidence of possible bias on the whistleblower's part. 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.