As House Democrats seized upon a complaint from an anonymous informant as the basis for impeachment, President Donald Trump has rightfully cited his constitutional right to confront his accuser, something which would necessitate the identity of that so-called “whistleblower” being revealed to the public.
Democrats, however, are reportedly considering extraordinary measures to prevent that from happening. And they may be taking steps to ensure that even their Republican colleagues are kept in the dark about the person who appears to be the driving force behind an effort to remove a duly elected president from office.
Masking the whistleblower
This disturbing revelation came via The Washington Post on Monday in a report that cited three anonymous officials said to be familiar with the discussions taking place among House Democrats.
Not only are Democrats refusing to reveal the identity of the so-called “whistleblower,” but they are also considering having that individual testify before congressional committees from a remote location or with the assistance of technology capable of masking their appearance and disguising their voice.
The supposed impetus for such drastic measures is a fear among Democrats that Republicans and the president might expose the identity of the “whistleblower” as a method of attacking their credibility, tarnishing their testimony and placing them in danger. In reality, the reported move amounts to little more than a transparent attempt at preventing Republicans and Trump from effectively confronting the accuser and countering the allegations made.
Shedding bipartisan facade
The Post wrote, “The highly unusual arrangement for the whistleblower’s testimony underscores the toxicity between Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, which was once considered among the most bipartisan but is now spearheading the divisive impeachment investigation.”
Let’s see, who is currently in charge of the committee that used to be “among the most bipartisan” but is no longer? Oh, right, that would be chairman Adam Schiff, who has deliberately lied — on record — about the contents of Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president and about members of his committee staff meeting with the “whistleblower” before an actual complaint was formally filed.
It was also revealed in the Post’s report that Democrats on the committee restricted access to visitor logbooks so that even Republican members and their staffers would be unable to know the identity of people with whom majority members were secretly meeting and interviewing as potential witnesses or candidates for staff positions.
Can’t hide forever
House Democrats — amplified by their friends in the media — have asserted that President Trump and Republicans want to expose the identity of the “whistleblower” in order to intimidate and threaten them into silence.
In reality, Trump and Republicans want to exercise their constitutional right to confront and cross-examine the accuser — which, given the tenuous nature of the “whistleblower” complaint in the first place, would quite likely pull the rug out from under the Democratic rush toward impeachment.
Should there be an actual impeachment that stems from this alleged “whistleblower,” then that individual’s identity will inevitably need to be revealed in the due course of things, no matter how badly Democrats want to keep that information a secret.
In an appearance on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, “If the whistleblower’s allegations are turned into an impeachment article, it’s imperative that the whistleblower be interviewed in public, under oath, and cross-examined.”