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Protect the identity of the Ukraine whistleblower

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Petition to Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire:

"Publicly pledge to protect the identity of the Ukraine whistleblower and any others who bravely step forward to defend our democracy."

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    Protect the identity of the Ukraine whistleblower

    The raving authoritarian in the White House threatened the Ukraine whistleblower with torture and execution, saying "you know we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? With spies and treason, right? We used to handle them a little differently than we do now.”1

    Trump's allies reportedly offered a $50,000 bounty for revealing the whistleblower's identity. Trump himself told reporters "we're trying to find out" the identity of the whistleblower. As a result, the whistleblower's lawyers say their client is scared for their life.2

    There are bipartisan calls from Congress to protect the whistleblower's identity. But Trump could still order intelligence officials to reveal their identity and tweet it out – putting them in immediate danger.3 Their safety depends on Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire doing everything he can to protect their identity.

    Tell Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire: Protect the identity of the Ukraine whistleblower.

    The whistleblower complaint confirms what we already knew: Trump broke the law and the White House covered it up. The whistleblower was crystal clear: Trump "used the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. presidential election."4 The transcript of Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president is grounds for impeachment by itself. But the whistleblower report puts Trump in even more peril.

    Trump demanded to meet the whistleblower and threatened consequences for those who gave the whistleblower information. Mark Levin, one of Trump's prominent allies in the right-wing media, went on “Fox and Friends” and said “I want to know everything about him! I want to know what kind of dogs they have, how many marriages they've had, if they have a DUI, if they're a partisan, I want to know everything!” At a time when progressive leaders like Rep. Ilhan Omar face death threats after repeated Trump attacks, it is clear that Trump is trying to make the whistleblower – and any others who might be thinking of coming forward – fear for their lives.5

    Joseph Maguire could stand between Trump's mobs and the whistleblower. The whistleblower followed federal law and demands the protection it provides. Senators from both parties called for protecting the whistleblower's identity. But Trump could use his executive authority to demand more information, leaving Maguire with the final decision. Senate Democrats are calling on Maguire to publicly pledge to protect the whistleblower's identity – and we need to echo that demand.

    Tell Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire: Protect the identity of the Ukraine whistleblower.

    Thank you for speaking out.

    References:

    1. Shannon K. Crawford, "Trump whistleblower's lawyers have 'serious concerns' for client's personal safety," ABC News, Sep. 30, 2019.
    2. Ibid.
    3. Sean Collins, "Trump’s controversial calls to investigate the whistleblower, explained," Vox, Oct. 2, 2019.
    4. The New York Times, "Full Document: The Whistle-Blower Complaint,"Sept. 26, 2019.
    5. Crawford, "Trump whistleblower's lawyers have 'serious concerns' for client's personal safety."