Trump faces flak for outing whistleblower

President Donald Trump draws flak over naming the alleged whistleblower whose complaint initiated the impeachment inquiries in the White House. ​“Trump has a responsibility under the whistleblower statute to ensure protection of the intelligence ...

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Washington:President Trump faces criticism from political opponents — and queasiness even among some supporters — for naming the alleged whistleblower whose complaint triggered the congressional inquiry that resulted in his impeachment.



A retweet late Friday to Trump’s 68 million Twitter followers identified a person it says is the whistleblower. That could run afoul of two laws, said David Colapinto, a lawyer who represents whistleblowers at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto

LLP.

“Trump has a responsibility under the whistleblower statute to ensure protection of the intelligence community” officials who report alleged wrongdoing, Colapinto said. Trump’s act was “willful violation of the law”.

Colapinto’s colleague, attorney Stephen Kohn, wrote in the National Law Review that when Trump “signed onto the job of president, protecting intelligence community whistleblowers became one of his few mandatory job duties”.
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