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Politics Grassley breaks with Trump over protecting whistleblower

20:05  01 october  2019
20:05  01 october  2019 Source:   politico.com

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Trump put the “ whistleblower ” label in quotes, questioning if the accuser fit the role of a whistleblower after Democrats changed the description of a whistleblower role to include knowledge from secondhand sources. “I want to know why they changed the rules about whistle - blowers not

The lawyers for a whistleblower whose complaint triggered a US presidential impeachment inquiry Democrats say the whistleblower will testify to Congress "soon" once steps are taken to protect Over the weekend Republicans began to mount a campaign to defend Mr Trump , however some

Sen. Chuck Grassley moved to stave off attacks and the unmasking of a federal whistleblower who first divulged President Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president, a move at odds with many of the president’s defenders.

Chuck Grassley wearing a suit and tie: Sen. Chuck Grassley.© Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Sen. Chuck Grassley.

In a statement, the Iowa Republican, who has long fashioned himself a defender of whistleblowers, said the fact that the individual’s knowledge of Trump’s phone call and the White House restricting records came secondhand should not invalidate his reporting.

“This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected. We should always work to respect whistleblowers,” Grassley said. “Complaints based on second-hand information should not be rejected out of hand, but they do require additional leg work to get at the facts and evaluate the claim’s credibility.”

Schiff says whistleblower wants to talk to House intelligence Committee

  Schiff says whistleblower wants to talk to House intelligence Committee House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff announced Tuesday that the whistleblower who filed a mysterious complaint, which includes allegations about President Donald Trump's conduct, would like to speak to the committee. The whistleblower has requested guidance from acting DNI Joseph Maguire on how to do so, Schiff said."We have been informed by the whistleblower's counsel that their client would like to speak to our committee and has requested guidance from the Acting DNI as to how to do so," Schiff tweeted.

The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is pretty self-explanatory: It protects federal whistle - blowers who work for the government from, among other things, having their identity revealed and retaliatory action taken against them as a result of their complaint.

President Trump talks to reporters about the whistleblower after participating in a ceremonial swearing in of The 1998 Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act did not actually detail any If the whistleblower ’s identity was itself protected as a government secret, executive branch officials

Trump has suggested that he wants to find out the identity of the whistleblower, who issued a complaint on August 12 to congressional intelligence committees about Trump leaning on Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading political rival. Many of the president’s defenders have dismissed the whistleblower’s complaint as “hearsay.”

“So if the so-called ‘Whistleblower’ has all second hand information, and almost everything he has said about my ‘perfect’ call with the Ukrainian President is wrong (much to the embarrassment of Pelosi & Schiff), why aren’t we entitled to interview & learn everything about the Whistleblower, and also the person who gave all of the false information to him,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “This is simply about a phone conversation that could not have been nicer, warmer, or better."

Grassley said “the distinctions being drawn between first- and second-hand knowledge aren’t legal ones.” He did not mention Trump or his attacks on the whistleblower specifically in his statement, instead asserting that “no one should be making judgments or pronouncements without hearing from the whistleblower first and carefully following up on the facts.”

“Uninformed speculation wielded by politicians or media commentators as a partisan weapon is counterproductive and doesn’t serve the country,” Grassley said. “Inquiries that put impeachment first and facts last don’t weigh very credibly. Folks just ought to be responsible with their words.”

Former national security officials call for whistleblower's identity to be protected .
Ninety former national security officials are demanding the whistleblower at the center of allegations that sparked an impeachment inquiry into President Trump be protected. In an open letter to "the American people," first reported by the Wall Street Journal late Sunday, the former national security officials commend the whistleblower's actions and stress that the person went through the proper procedure to report the alleged wrongdoing.

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