Dozens of former nationwide safety officers—together with a number of who as soon as served below President Donald Trump—have signed an open letter honoring the primary whistleblower to come back ahead within the Trump-Ukraine scandal and demanding their safety.
Signed by 90 former nationwide safety officers, the letter came as news broke that no less than one different whistleblower had come ahead within the case, looking for to flag considerations round Trump’s July 25 cellphone name, by which he requested Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to research 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
“While the identity of the whistleblower is not publicly known, we do know that he or she is an employee of the U.S. Government,” the letter, signed by distinguished officers, together with former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, states. “As such, he or she has by law the right—and indeed the responsibility—to make known, through appropriate channels, indications of serious wrongdoing.”
“That is precisely what this whistleblower did; and we applaud the whistleblower not only for living up to that responsibility but also for using precisely the channels made available by federal law for raising such concerns,” it continues.
Calling for the whistleblower’s safety, the letter’s signatories praised their efforts, asserting that “a responsible whistleblower makes all Americans safer by ensuring that serious wrongdoing can be investigated and addressed, thus advancing the cause of national security to which we have devoted our careers.”
“What’s more,” they stated, “being a responsible whistleblower means that, by law, one is protected from certain egregious forms of retaliation.”
“Whatever one’s view of the matters discussed in the whistleblower’s complaint, all Americans should be united in demanding that all branches of our government and all outlets of our media protect this whistleblower and his or her identity,” the nationwide safety consultants stated. “Simply put, he or she has done what our law demands; now he or she deserves our protection.”
The letter was signed by scores of former prime nationwide safety officers from each Republican and Democratic administrations of the previous.
In addition to Brennan and Clapper, who had served in several roles below each the Obama and Bush administrations, the letter was additionally signed by former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and former Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council Javed Ali, together with quite a few different former Defense Department, State Department and CIA officers.
Some of the signatories had even labored below the Trump administration, together with James Nealon, who served because the assistant secretary for worldwide engagement on the Department of Homeland Security till he resigned in February 2018 over the federal government’s immigration insurance policies, in addition to Roberta Jacobson, who served because the U.S. ambassador to Mexico till she resigned in May 2018, and Andrea Kendall-Taylor, who was a deputy nationwide intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia till resigning in July 2018.
While the letter was signed in help of the primary whistleblower to come back ahead within the Trump-Ukraine scandal, we now know there are no less than two whistleblowers concerned within the case.
Attorneys Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid revealed on Sunday that their agency, Compass Rose, was representing “multiple whistleblowers” in connection to the report flagging considerations over Trump’s July name with Zelensky.
Zaid informed ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that the second individual, who was additionally described as an intelligence official, had first-hand information of among the allegations made within the unique criticism.
Despite going through an impeachment inquiry, Trump has maintained his innocence, calling the whistleblower criticism “totally inaccurate.”
He has additionally repeatedly demanded to see the id of the preliminary whistleblower revealed, regardless of repeated calls from the intelligence neighborhood for his or her id to be protected.