By Jenny Ferm
The identity of the whistleblower has become a prominent republican talking point in the first round of the House’s public hearings in the Trump impeachment case.
Republicans have consistently pressured House democrats to reveal the identity of the whistleblower that sparked the impeachment inquiry. The whistleblower brought light to a phone call between President Trump and Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky that occurred in July.
Rep. Jim Jordan stressed that republicans have yet to hear from the whistleblower in any stage of the impeachment hearings. The whistleblowers’ attorneys previously stated they were open to answering questions on behalf of the whistleblower, but Jordan rejected this offer.
Jordan also alleged that House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff had hidden knowledge about the whistleblower, which Schiff denied.
Under the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, the identity of the whistleblower can be protected throughout the hearings. Despite this, lawmakers motioned at the end of the Wednesday public hearing to subpoena the whistleblower, which democrats postponed.
“One of the ways you determine someone’s credibility to determine what their motivation is, what kind of bias they have, is they need to be under oath answering your questions,” said Jordan in a Fox News interview.
If the whistleblowers’ identity is revealed, he could lose professional credentials and face serious threats to his safety, according to Vox.