Is it illegal for Trump or Congress to name the impeachment whistleblower , U.S. President Donald Trump and some Republican lawmakers are pushing for political ,
And media allies to reveal the name of the whistleblower who prompted an impeachment inquiry Republican senator from Kentucky, on Tuesday tweeted a link to an article from a right-wing news outlet that claims to have identified the whistleblower. On Wednesday,
The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted a link to an article including the same name. On Aug. 12, the whistleblower lodged a complaint with an internal government watchdog about a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelenskiy. During that call,
Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son Hunter Biden. The whistleblower filed the report with Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson,
As required under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998 , Atkinson determined the complaint was credible and involved an urgent concern, and shared it with Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire on Aug. 26, as required under the ICWPA.
The ICWPA requires the director to report any complaint to Congressional intelligence committees within seven days. Maguire consulted with the White House, and the report was sent to prescribed members of Congress on Sept. 25 .
Maguire found the complaint did not meet the legal definition of “urgent concern.” But it has since prompted a House of Representatives investigation into whether Trump committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” warranting impeachment. McClanahan said. Censure is largely symbolic, however, and does not remove a House member from office ,