Donald Trump Jr. tweets whistleblower’s ‘name’ as right-wing media howls for unmasking

Donald Trump Jr. tweets whistleblower’s ‘name’ as right-wing media howls for unmasking


Donald Trump Jr. has shared the name of a former White House intelligence official whom right-wing media sites have identified as the intelligence whistleblower whose explosive complaint sparked the impeachment inquiry  The presidential son retweeted a Breitbart article that names a person it claims is the whistleblower without providing any evidence to back up the claim Advertisement  “I love the outrage about me tweeting an article about the ‘alleged’ whistleblower,” tweeted Junior, who is promoting his new book about liberals titled “Triggered ”  Federal law explicitly permits those who file whistleblower complaints to remain anonymous It also bars retaliation against them.  A law firm representing the whistleblower said it would not confirm or deny the identity and added that identifying anyone puts them in danger as supporters of Trump have threatened the person  “Publication or promotion of name shows desperation to deflect from substance of #whistleblower complaint,” wrote Andrew Bakaj, the lawyer  The whistleblower unleashed a firestorm when he filed a formal complaint about President Trump’s alleged improper quid pro quo linking defense aid to Ukraine with demands for bogus probes of Democrats  Once considered a potential star witness for the impeachment inquiry, the whistleblower is now not needed by investigators because officials with direct knowledge of his claims have confirmed virtually all them Democratic leaders don’t plan to call the whistleblower to testify. But Republicans are demanding the whistleblower be unmasked and subjected to public scrutiny, despite laws that make that illegal without the whistleblower’s agreement  The whistleblower has even agreed to answer written questions from Republicans, but GOP leaders rejected that offer as a poor substitute for an open hearing as they apparently hope to discredit the person as a partisan enemy of President Trump  President Trump has repeatedly called for the whistleblower to be unmasked and denounced the person as a hateful #NeverTrumper without offering any evidence

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