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Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday accused House Democrats of intimidating and bullying State Department officials by calling for their depositions in the Ukraine inquiry starting this week, something he says is "not feasible." read more


#111 Whistleblowers are afforded protection against retaliation (firing, demotion, etc). I don't think that applies to anonymity though.

Re: Disclosure of the Identity of a Whistle Blower:

Illegal to disclose the WB's name. U.S. Code 3033. Inspector General of the Intelligence Community. 2014 CIA Addendum.

(A) the Inspector General shall not disclose the identity of the employee without the consent of the employee, unless the Inspector General determines that such disclosure is unavoidable during the course of the investigation or the disclosure is made to an official of the Department of Justice responsible for determining whether a prosecution should be undertaken, and this provision shall qualify as a withholding statute pursuant to subsection (b)(3) of section 552 of title 5 (commonly known as the "Freedom of Information Act"); and

(B) no action constituting a reprisal, or threat of reprisal, for making such complaint or disclosing such information to the Inspector General may be taken by any employee in a position to take such actions, unless the complaint was made or the information was disclosed with the knowledge that it was false or with willful disregard for its truth or falsity.


fas.org references the above in footnote 10:
10 Section 7(b) of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) provides for the identity of an employee making a complaint, such as a whistleblower, to remain undisclosed to the extent practicable...

Jeff, this is not to say that the WB's identity, if it becomes known, can't be disseminated. The GOP would be on the hook for explaining how they came to know who it was, who confirmed it, and for what legal reason.

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