One of the most ludicrous side-battles that this latest impeachment push has featured is over the identity of the whistleblower who filed a complaint regarding the contents of July phone call between US President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart.
Speculation regarding just who the whistleblower could be has been running rampant online, and in small pockets of the media as well. Senator Rand Paul has even gone so far as to name possible names – a move that could have very unkind consequences for the individual mentioned.
We must always remember that, while we may feel personally sane and grounded, that there are lunatics among us who could seek to harm such a person. This reality is the basis for our whistleblower laws and the preservation of anonymity in such cases.
Unfortunately, not every one of our elected officials is on the same page, as evidenced by a tiff between Devine Nunes and Adam Schiff during this morning’s impeachment hearings.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and the committee’s ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes. R-Calif., clashed during Tuesday’s impeachment inquiry hearing after Schiff suggested Nunes’ questions could lead to the outing of the anonymous whistleblower who filed the complaint about President Trump.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer at the National Security Council, told Nunes that he spoke with two people outside the White House about Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Voldomyr Zelensky in the immediate wake of the interaction, including State Department official George Kent and one member of the “intelligence community.”
Nunes then pressed Vindman about which agency the intelligence community member hailed from.
Schiff jumped in to interrupt the exchange, apparently worried the exchange could name the whistleblower — though Vindman later insisted he doesn’t know who the whistleblower is.
Nunes and Schiff have repeatedly battled regarding the possible “outing” of the whistleblower, especially given that the latest Democratic stance on the subject is that the identity of the individual is inconsequential due to the testimony already gathered by the House Intel Committee.
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