WaPo: House Democrats Consider Masking Whistleblower’s Identity


Seemingly in reaction to President Trump’s demand to meet his accuser, House Dems are now weighing their options when it comes to masking the whistleblower’s identity.

The House Dems are considering going to great lengths, like using technology to obscure the whistleblower’s face and voice, in order to secure his testimony.

It’s already been alleged by Byron York that the whistleblower was professionally tied to a 2020 Democrat candidate.

You’ve gotta ask: what are the Dems trying to hide from the public here?

Attorneys for the unnamed whistleblower who alleged Trump said something inappropriate regarding Biden's potential corruption in the Ukraine when discussing it with the country's president have also accused President Trump of putting the whistleblower's safety on the line.

President Trump had previously tweeted this out demanding the whistleblower to face him like a man:

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Here's what The Washington Post had to say about House Dems' debating ways to keep the whistleblower's identity a secret:

House Democrats are weighing extraordinary steps to secure testimony from a whistleblower whose complaint prompted their impeachment inquiry, masking his identity to prevent President Trump’s congressional allies from exposing the individual, according to three officials familiar with the deliberations.

The steps under consideration include having the whistleblower testify from a remote location and obscuring the individual’s appearance and voice, these officials said.

The efforts reflect Democrats’ deepening distrust of their GOP colleagues, whom they see as fully invested in defending a president who has attacked the whistleblower’s credibility and demanded absolute loyalty from Republicans.

“There are lots of different protocols and procedures we’re looking into to find out what works and doesn’t work to protect the identity of the whistleblower,” said a person familiar with the talks. “That is paramount.”

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter frankly.

Negotiations over the whistleblower’s testimony come as House Democrats are trying to unearth as much evidence as possible before they move toward impeachment. The whistleblower’s complaint centered on Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volo­dymyr Zelensky in which Trump pressed the new leader to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and his son Hunter.

On Tuesday, the House Intelligence Committee will question Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. The whistleblower reported that Sondland met with Zelensky to give “advice” about how to “navigate” Trump’s demands, working behind the scenes to carry out the president’s wishes in a country that’s not a member of the European Union.

In text messages provided to Congress, Sondland insisted that Trump’s decision to withhold nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine was not a quid pro quo — as diplomat William B. “Bill” Taylor had said he feared.

Democrats on Monday subpoenaed Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Office of Management and Budget acting director Russell Vought for documents related to the withholding of U.S. military aid from Ukraine.

“The committees are investigating the extent to which President Trump jeopardized national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with our 2020 election and by withholding military assistance provided by Congress to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression, as well as any efforts to cover up these matters,” lawmakers said in a letter.

Signing the letter were Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), Oversight Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.).

Trump told his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to hold back the military aid for Ukraine shortly before his July call. Trump has repeatedly denied that there was a “quid pro quo” between the military assistance and the request to investigate the Bidens.

At the White House on Monday, Trump lashed out at Democrats over their impeachment inquiry.

“You can’t impeach a president for doing a great job. . . . This is a scam,” he said at an event on trade with Japan.

Business Insider also had the following to say:

House Democrats are worried that President Donald Trump's congressional allies will leak the identity of the anonymous whistleblower behind the Ukraine complaint and are considering taking dramatic steps to protect that person, The Washington Post reported Monday.

In particular, Democrats are said to be weighing letting the whistleblower testify to Congress at a remote location away from Capitol Hill. They're also debating over masking the person's voice and face, according to The Post.

The news is indicative of the extraordinary stakes at play as lawmakers prepare to hear from the whistleblower, a CIA officer whose complaint accused Trump of violating federal law and using his public office for private gain.

At the heart of the controversy is a July 25 phone call Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump repeatedly pressured Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son on suspicion of corruption. Biden is a 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner and one of Trump's chief political rivals.

Trump ordered his administration to withhold a nearly $400 million military-aid package to Ukraine days before the phone call.

While the White House's notes of the call show the US president made no direct mention of offering aid in exchange for Zelensky's assistance in investigating Biden, they confirm Trump brought up how the US did "a lot for Ukraine" right before asking Zelensky to do him a "favor, though," by investigating Biden and discrediting the former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

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