Op-ed: It’s time for Trump to unmask the Ukraine whistleblower

October 10, 2019

As president, Donald Trump has the authority to unmask the anonymous “whistleblower” accusing him of treason, and a growing contingent of conservatives thinks he should do so. Meanwhile, Democrats are naturally taking every possible step to protect the whistleblower’s identity, even going so far as to possibly have him testify with his identity concealed.

But with new evidence emerging all the time that the “whistleblower” controversy is a coordinated, political hit job, it’s well past time for Trump to rip the mask off, according to an op-ed penned by Eddie Scarry of the Washington Examiner.

Trump’s prerogative

Since the Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry over the anonymous male CIA officer’s complaint, a steady trickle of reports has raised serious questions about the informant’s identity and possible motives. It has been reported that the individual in question is a registered Democrat with a “professional relationship” with a Democrat currently running for president and that the whistleblower met with staff from the House Intelligence Committee headed by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) before submitting his complaint.

It has also come to light that the whistleblower’s attorneys have strong Democrat connections and even founded an organization, just months after Trump was elected, soliciting whistleblowers from the administration with a mission to “save our Republic.” The whole thing reeks of a Russia hoax repeat.

Since it wasn’t enough to impeach a president based on hearsay, Democrats reportedly now want to allow the “whistleblower” to testify with his identity concealed at a remote location, The Hill reports. In other words, Democrats want an intelligence officer to accuse the president of impeachable crimes from behind a curtain — but they insist that this is really about what’s good for the country, not their partisan interests.

Considering the seriousness of the charges being leveled at Trump, the president should at least be afforded the opportunity to respond. But as Scarry points out, Democrats have conveniently reminded the public that the whistleblower is protected by federal law from “retaliation” — which, apparently, means that he has a blank check to accuse the POTUS of crimes with impunity.

Impeachment was designed by the Founding Fathers to be a last resort, but the Democrats are debasing what should be a solemn and rare process into a political weapon. Their extraordinary steps to shield the whistleblower — to say nothing of their opaque, totally arbitrary and unilateral handling of the impeachment (they still haven’t actually voted to impeach Trump) — undermine the seriousness of the role they have undertaken.

A sham impeachment, a fake whistleblower

The left’s argument for hiding the whistleblower rests on the assumption that he is in fact a genuine whistleblower and that he is vulnerable and faces serious repercussions from the U.S. government if his identity were revealed. But some, including Scarry, have argued persuasively that this is not the case.

If the whistleblower were really so vulnerable as Democrats say, then why are his allegations being printed breathlessly by the entire national media establishment? And why hasn’t the United States government pursued him with a vengeance, like it did Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and other whistleblowers who have — love them or hate them — faced serious penalties for blowing the whistle?

It’s almost as if this whistleblower has power on his side, as if, perhaps, he’s not an actual whistleblower, but just a bureaucrat with an ax to grind.

The stakes are high, not only because the Democrats are hoping to short-circuit the 2020 election, but because of the precedent set by this coup effort, to say nothing of the lasting damage wrought by a divisive, bitter impeachment battle. If political partisans can just solicit anonymous “whistleblowers” from the Washington bureaucracy to force a president from office — and there are more of them lined up — then democracy is finished.

As a citizen, Trump has a right to meet his accuser; as the president he has the power to make it so. President Trump: end this charade.

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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.