President Trump and his supporters have called for the name of the whistleblower to be revealed, and for this individual to testify before Congress, despite legal protections put into place to keep his or her identity secret.
President Trump has tweeted about the whisteblower over 100 times, calling him or her a “spy” and a “traitor.” The whistleblower’s attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to the White House counsel, telling President Trump to stop attacking his client.
“I am writing to respectfully request that you counsel your client on the legal and ethical peril in which he is placing himself should anyone be physically harmed as a result of his, or his surrogates’, behavior,” the whistleblower’s attorney wrote. He also said that the president is “engaging in rhetoric and activity that places my client, the Intelligence Community Whistleblower, and their family in physical danger.”
The next day, President Trump went back to his attacks.
“The whistleblower is a disgrace to our country… and the whistleblower because of that should be revealed,” he told reporters.
“And his lawyer who said the worst things possible two years ago, he should be sued, and maybe for treason.”
Prominent members of Congress have insisted that the President has a right to “meet his accuser” and that the American people have a right to evaluate the person and the process that launched the impeachment inquiry.
Considering the enormous impact of an impeachment–and the possibility of removing an elected president–do Americans have the right to know who put the process into action?
Is it time to give up the whistleblower’s name? We break it down here.
Want to geek out on the whistleblower law? Check it out here.