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Politics GOP argues whistleblower's name must be public

12:55  02 november  2019
12:55  02 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Identity of Ukraine call whistleblower could soon be confirmed. survey states Fox News is the most trusted source for television news or commentary in the country, while a 2017 Gallup/Knight Foundation survey found that among Americans who could name an objective news source, FOX News is the

A whistleblower (also written as whistle - blower or whistle blower ) is a person who exposes secretive information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical

As the evidence mounts of a quid pro quo in President Trump's dealings with Ukraine, the president's allies in Congress are increasingly hopeful they'll find exoneration in a singular figure: the government whistleblower they're fighting to expose.

a man holding a sign: GOP argues whistleblower's name must be public© Greg Nash GOP argues whistleblower's name must be public

The clash over the whistleblower's identity - and that person's right to anonymity - has emerged as a frontline battle in the partisan war over the Trump impeachment inquiry.

Republicans on Capitol Hill contend that knowing the whistleblower's identity is vital to the process, granting Trump the right to face his accuser - and learn of any political biases the figure might have. They are effectively waging a whisper campaign about the identity of the anonymous figure who filed the complaint triggering the inquiry launched just six weeks ago.

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I know the whistleblower ’ s name . At least I’ve been told who people think it is . Kind of like everybody knew about the Steele dossier but nobody knew how to get it into the public , so they ran So this whistleblower stuff and Trump doing something so horrible in that phone call that nobody can

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Democrats counter that the GOP efforts to out the whistleblower violate federal law and are a dangerous game that could jeopardize the safety of the individual.

"The president's allies would like nothing better than to help the president out this whistleblower. Our committee will not be a part of that," Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said earlier in the week. "They have the right to remain anonymous. They certainly should not be subject to these kinds of vicious attacks."

Democrats and the whistleblower's attorney also note that other witnesses testifying in the investigation have confirmed allegations in the person's initial complaint. Some have even offered new information that goes well beyond the whistleblower's initial claims.

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RealClearInvestigations is disclosing the name because of the public ’ s interest in learning details of an effort to remove a sitting president from office. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff: " Whistleblower " complaint amounts to impeachable offense.

Democrats say the document confirmed the whistleblower ’ s allegations that Trump brought up U.S. defense assistance to the embattled nation and suggested his counterpart “look into” the relationship between a Ukrainian natural gas company and Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential

The foreign service officials who have testified privately in support of the whistleblower's charges have eroded GOP arguments that the initial account is unreliable because it was learned secondhand, say Democrats, who contend the whistleblower's testimony is now superfluous to their investigation.

"Because we have corroborated everything the whistleblower has alleged, having the whistleblower testify would put the whistleblower's life in serious jeopardy," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a member of the Intelligence Committee, told CNN this week. "And so the question is, ... is that person's life worth less than being redundant? And our position right now is that it's not."

Trump, for his part, has said he's trying to uncover the whistleblower's identity, characterizing the figure as a "spy" with treasonous intent. And Republicans in Congress have eagerly joined the effort.

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Tensions over the whistleblower ’ s identity have been building in the depositions. One GOP lawmaker, who asked not to be named given that the depositions are happening behind closed doors, did not push back that Republicans are trying to figure out who the whistleblower is in the depositions.

Whistleblowers are protected by law from retaliation, but U. S . laws vary among different industries. For example, with some exceptions, whistleblowers working for the federal Whistleblowers working in corporations traded on the New York Stock Exchange are protected by the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002.

In closed-door depositions, private hallway conversations, public hearings and in tweets, the president's GOP allies have targeted a specific individual - even as they readily concede they don't know if that figure is the whistleblower.

"Only Adam Schiff really knows who the whistleblower is," said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the former Freedom Caucus chairman and a close Trump ally.

The whistleblower debate is likely to escalate in the coming weeks, when the process will shift from closed-door depositions to wide-open hearings.

The Hill is not naming the individual being targeted by Republicans. It is also typically the policy of The Associated Press and other major news outlets not to reveal the identity of whistleblowers, who enjoy federal protections against retribution.

The whistleblower's attorneys, Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid, said in a statement they would "neither confirm nor deny" the identity of their client.

Both federal whistleblower laws and the Privacy Act of 1974 protect the individual's anonymity within the executive branch, Zaid said.

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However, nothing legally prohibits members of Congress, or the president himself, from revealing a whistleblower's identity unless the individual is a covert agent.

That means it is possible lawmakers could choose to make the whistleblower's name public, if they choose to do so.

"The whistleblower statute never required for anonymity," said Meadows, who has been attending the closed-door impeachment depositions.

Meadows, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other top Trump allies have stated that there is only one member of Congress who knows the identity of the whistleblower: Schiff, one of three Democratic chairmen leading the impeachment inquiry into Trump. That's because the whistleblower, after contacting the CIA's legal counsel, had voiced his concerns to a member of Schiff's staff on the Intelligence panel. Both contacts were made before the whistleblower filed his official complaint on Aug. 12.

GOP lawmakers have been asking questions in the closed-door impeachment depositions that have been interpreted by Democrats as trying to unmask the whistleblower, a development first reported by The Washington Post and confirmed by The Hill.

The whistleblower's attorneys, Bakaj and Zaid, have blasted members of Congress and the media who are trying to reveal the individual, arguing that even floating the name of someone suspected of being the whistleblower could result in "great physical danger" for that person and his or her family.

The attorneys pointed to recent comments by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman and founder of the Senate Whistleblower Caucus, who said whistleblowers "ought to be heard out and protected."

"It is beyond the pale of irresponsibility for a Member of Congress to vindictively and with partisan intent further promote conspiracy theories that could, especially in this day and age, lead to the physical harm of any individual," Zaid said in an email to The Hill.

Facebook, YouTube delete posts claiming to name Ukraine whistleblower .
There's an impeachment inquiry taking place against Donald Trump, which started with a whistleblower complaint about conduct on a call with officials in the Ukraine. Outlets like Breitbart have published content claiming to name the person who initially filed the complaint claiming the president violated his oath of office. Now the latest free speech flashpoint for social networks is whether or not to allow the spread and amplification of the name, while lawyers for the whistleblower argue that publishing a potential name puts that person at risk.

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