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

Disclosure would endanger the whistleblower and deter any future witness to presidential malfeasance: Our view

The Editorial Board
USA TODAY
November 4, 2019

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.

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Article URL : https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/11/04/dont-reveal-whistleblower-donald-trump-phone-call-ukraine-editorials-debates/4157167002/

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