Jim Jordan: Americans Have Right to Know Identity of Biased Whistleblower with No 1st-Hand Knowledge

Craig Bannister | October 17, 2019 | 10:52am EDT
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Rep. Jim Jordan

If Democrats are going to try to overturn a presidential election based on the second-hand claims of a biased person who has reportedly worked the president’s political opponents, the American people have a right to know who that person is, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) says.

And, while the whistleblower statute provides President Donald Trump’s accuser a right to protection, it does not give a right to anonymity, Rep. Jordan explained to reporters on Tuesday:

“He has a right to protection; that’s what the whistleblower statute says. It doesn’t say anonymity. And, I think, when you’re talking about the president of the United States, for goodness sake, the American people – the American people who we all represent – they have the right to know.”

Impeachment of a president is such a grave action that it is vital that Americans know who this biased whistleblower is, so they can access for themselves the credibility of the accusations being made, Jordan said:

“Three days of testimony behind closed doors, pretty unique perspectives that the American people didn’t get to see in this partisan and unfair process that Speaker Pelosi and Adam Schiff are running – is all based on an anonymous whistleblower with no first-hand knowledge who has bias against the President and it’s been reported he worked with Vice President Biden. And the question I keep coming back to is: why don’t we know who this individual is?”

“They’re basing an impeachment process — they’re trying to remove the president of the United States – based on some anonymous whistleblower, again, with no first-hand knowledge, biased against the president, and the only people who know him are Adam Schiff, his staff and a handful of other people — so a handful of people in this country out of 330 million people in this country – trying to remove the president that we elected, and only a handful of people know how this whole thing started and know who this person is.”

“That seems to me to be a question that needs to be answered. I would hope that you all would be pushing for that.

“Why we don’t know who this individual is – it can determine the credibility that he or she may have, I think is a fundamental fact.”


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