Report: Devin Nunes' Aide Going Around Leaking Ukraine Call Whistleblower's Name
from the proper-channels dept
We’ve been highlighting lately how the situation with the whistleblower, who first tried to ring the alarm bells about President Trump’s now confirmed quid pro quo call with Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political opponent, showed why the “official channels” are useless for whistleblowers. Some suggested that we were premature in making that claim. However, since then, we’ve seen the President himself repeatedly try to attack the whistleblower while repeatedly demanding that the whistleblower be revealed. Now come reports that a staffer for Rep. Devin Nunes is going around revealing the name of the whistleblower:
A top aide to Rep. Devin Nunes has been providing conservative politicians and journalists with information?and misinformation?about the anonymous whistleblower who triggered the biggest crisis of Donald Trump?s presidency, two knowledgeable sources tell The Daily Beast.
Derek Harvey, who works for Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee, has provided notes for House Republicans identifying the whistleblower?s name ahead of the high-profile depositions of Trump administration appointees and civil servants in the impeachment inquiry. The purpose of the notes, one source said, is to get the whistleblower?s name into the record of the proceedings, which committee chairman Adam Schiff has pledged to eventually release. In other words: it?s an attempt to out the anonymous official who helped trigger the impeachment inquiry.
Nunes, of course, has a bit of a history pushing mis- and dis-information in support of President Trump, so this seems par for the course. In the Daily Beast link above, one of the lawyers for the whistleblower, Mark Zaid, notes that revealing the name only serves to put the whistleblower in danger and seems to aim to “deter future whistleblowers from coming forward.”
So, once again, it highlights exactly what we’ve been saying. Even in this case, where the whistleblower tried to use the “proper channels,” everything is designed to go against the whistleblower, starting with the failure to turn over the complaint to Congress, as required by the law. The fact that a Nunes staffer is now apparently putting that whistleblower “at risk of harm” (according to Zaid) highlights just how ill-prepared our government is to deal with whistleblowers at a time when we need more, not fewer, whistleblowers.