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Politics Grassley: Up to whistleblower to reveal identity

22:00  04 november  2019
22:00  04 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday that it is up to the whistleblower at the center of the impeachment inquiry to decide whether or not to come forward after President Trump urged the media to reveal the individual's identity.

Chuck Grassley wearing a suit and tie: Grassley: Up to whistleblower to reveal identity© The Hill Grassley: Up to whistleblower to reveal identity

"That's strictly up to the whistleblower," Grassley told reporters.

When asked if Trump's remarks on Sunday were appropriate, the Iowa Republican demurred.

"All I want to do is make sure the law is followed," he said. "A person like me that has advocated for whistleblowers for a long period of time, including this whistleblower, I want maximum protection for whistleblowers."

GOP argues whistleblower's name must be public

  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. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); 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.

Trump and some of GOP allies on Capitol Hill have been publicly calling for the whistleblower to be unmasked, arguing that the president should be able to confront the individual, whose complaint helped spur the House inquiry.

Trump told reporters on Sunday that they "would be doing the public a service" if they disclosed the individual's identity.

"They know who it is. You know who it is. You just don't want to report it. CNN knows who it is, but you don't want to report it," Trump said. "You know, you'd be doing the public a service if you did."

Grassley has repeatedly defended the whistleblower, and said last month that the individual deserved to be "heard out and protected."

Lawyers for the whistleblower have said that the individual would be willing to answer questions from both the House and Senate Intelligence Committee in writing and under oath.

Trump Allies Ramp Up Efforts to Unmask Whistleblower

  Trump Allies Ramp Up Efforts to Unmask Whistleblower Some Republican lawmakers want to out the whistleblower whose complaint set off the impeachment probe and are amplifying conservative media articles that assert theories about his suspected identity.In recent days, several conservative publications have named a person they speculate is the whistleblower. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and a handful of other Republican lawmakers have shared links on Twitter to those articles.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), an ally of the president's who is a member of neither committee, said on Monday that Trump "must have full right of confrontation regarding the whistleblower." Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) also told The Hill late last week that the offer, which was also outlined in The Washington Post last month, was "not acceptable."

House Democrats in September launched an impeachment inquiry amid reports that Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden and his son. No evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the Bidens has emerged.

Trump has repeatedly said he did nothing wrong.

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President Donald Trump and some Republican lawmakers are pushing for political and media allies to reveal the name of the whistleblower who prompted an impeachment inquiry. © Reuters/LEAH MILLIS U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Monroe, Louisiana "The whistleblower should be revealed because the whistleblower gave false information," Trump told reporters on Sunday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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