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Tue Nov 5, 2019, 05:27 AM

Don't reveal the whistleblower on Donald Trump's phone call with Ukraine

The fundamental promise of whistleblower protection is to create a safe space for a witness of wrongdoing to come forward and report it and, for the sake of his or her professional reputation or even physical safety, to remain anonymous in doing so.

Nothing chills truth-telling in the halls of power like the risk of retribution, and no risk is more harrowing than unmasking potentially impeachable offenses by a president.

So it may come as little surprise that Donald Trump with his legacy and potentially even his job hanging in the balance would turn the promise of whistleblower protection on its head. He has launched a vitriolic campaign to publicly identify the person who exposed his problematic July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine.

Triggering impeachment inquiry
The whistleblower is a member of the U.S. intelligence community who confidentially told Congress in August that Trump pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political opponent, a complaint that triggered a House investigation and subsequently an impeachment inquiry.


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