Trump Goes On Rant Saying ‘We’re Trying To Find Out’ Whistleblower Identity – Which He Can’t Legally Do
The whistleblower who sounded the alarm on Donald Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian government is legally entitled to anonymity under federal law. On Monday, Donald Trump openly told reporters during a rant that he and his allies are doing everything they can to find out the identity of the whistleblower, which he can’t legally do.
According to the Los Angeles Times White House reporter Chris Megerian, Trump was asked about the identity of the whistleblower who has accused him of abusing his office, and the president replied that “we’re trying to find out” their identity.
“We’re trying to find out” who the whistleblower is, Trump told reporters just now.
The whistleblower is entitled to federal protections under the law.
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) September 30, 2019
Andrew Bakaj, an attorney representing the anonymous whistleblower, took to Twitter shortly after Trump’s comments and immediately fired back at the president and emphasized the legal protections that his client must be allowed.
“The Intel Community Whistleblower is entitled to anonymity,” he wrote on Twitter. “Law and policy support this and the individual is not to be retaliated against. Doing so is a violation of federal law.”
IC WB UPDATE: The Intel Community Whistleblower is entitled to anonymity. Law and policy support this and the individual is not to be retaliated against. Doing so is a violation of federal law.
— Andrew P. Bakaj (@AndrewBakaj) September 30, 2019
Trump continues to dig himself in a deeper hole. Just last week, legal experts called out the president for committing witness intimidation by saying the whistleblower deserved the death penalty.