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Tue Oct 1, 2019, 08:49 PM

GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley Defends Ukraine Whistleblower Amid Trump Attacks

GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley Defends Ukraine Whistleblower Amid Trump Attacks

The veteran Republican, a longtime advocate of whistleblower safeguards, said the Trump complainant “ought to be heard out and protected.”

By Igor Bobic

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-whistleblower-chuck-grassley_n_5d936aaae4b0ac3cddaf3e94?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuaHVmZnBvc3QuY29tLw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAIx4S1uWP6v-hhHrzsDcgyBlFH7gpdZrBiyS7VBxOLLQYFppjsc2Zo7mufntQ23TyKEuG9vtD8I2Z-dqzQyPQJ9yJ_5Hzt5DeCk-y4HhH9ZRijn98rSuT9E4rbomXn3eBZGwv6FiWugrTHFphNTHK6UgmlzYC9ukdCIcNrKD6YMi

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“This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected,” Grassley, said in a statement released by his office. “We should always work to respect whistleblowers’ requests for confidentiality.”

Trump and his allies have repeatedly maligned the anonymous intelligence community whistleblower’s motives in recent days as the House impeachment inquiry intensifies. Over the weekend, the president accused the person of “spying” on him and suggested the whistleblower’s sources ought to be executed. He also told reporters on Monday “we’re trying to find out” the person’s identity.

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But Grassley, who sees nothing wrong with Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president referenced in the whistleblower’s complaint, seemed to undercut both points. He urged everyone not to make “judgments or pronouncements without hearing from the whistleblower first and carefully following up on the facts,” cautioning that speculation about their identity by “politicians or media commentators” doesn’t serve the country’s interests.

He also pushed back against claims made by his GOP colleagues about the complaint, which was deemed credible by both Trump’s director of national intelligence and the intelligence community inspector general.

“The distinctions being drawn between first- and second-hand knowledge aren’t legal ones,” Grassley said. “It’s just not part of whistleblower protection law or any agency policy. Complaints based on second-hand information should not be rejected out of hand, but they do require additional leg work to get at the facts and evaluate the claim’s credibility.”

The Iowa Republican has spent decades advocating on behalf of whistleblowers. In 2015, he co-founded the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus to raise awareness for the need for protection against retaliation of private sector and government employees who call attention to wrongdoing.

Grassley is the first Republican member of the group to speak out in defense of the whistleblower. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), another member of the caucus, said that what really concerned him was that the whistleblower complaint was leaked in the first place.

“I’m a big supporter of whistleblower protection. Who should not be protected is whoever leaked this. If this whistleblower leaked this, then [that person] does not deserve [whistleblower] protections,” Johnson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 09:13 PM

1. Good. We need all the help we can get.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 10:00 PM

2. Most of these conservative GOP have one or so things they belive in beyond politics ...

Grassley seriously believes in whistle blowers. Go figure.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 10:04 PM

3. And it provides him a singular opportunity to cover his own ass:

'Hey, man...Whistleblower Protections. If Trump went there, I can't follow him..'

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Response to Volaris (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 10:08 PM

4. Grassley is also vindictive and mean spirited. But I believe his seriousness re: whistle blowing.

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