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Top Republican demands protection for whistleblower amid president's call to identify him
A top Republican politician has demanded protections for the CIA whistleblower, amid efforts by Donald Trump to identify them....On Monday, the president told reporters he was trying to learn the identity of the whistleblower who made a formal complaint to Congress...He said he had the right to meet his accuser "face to face", remarks that led lawyers for the whistleblower to raise concerns for their client's safety.

On Tuesday, Republican senator Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate judiciary committee, called for the whistleblower to be properly protected. "This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected. We should always work to respect whistleblowers' requests for confidentiality," said Mr Grassley, who represents Iowa.

"No one should be making judgments or pronouncements without hearing from the whistleblower first and carefully following up on the facts."

The comments from Mr Grassley, 86, are significant, given his seniority in the party. While few Republicans have spoken out openly either in support of the efforts by Democrats to push ahead with an impeachment probe, or to condemn Mr Trump's often aggressive rhetoric, many have indicated they are unhappy about the allegation he sought to interfere in the 2020 election.



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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 03:51:05 AM EST
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