The rules for whistleblowers are very clear. They are to file a complaint with the Inspector General first thing. The GOP plans to deny whistleblower status because He Who Shall Not Be Named went to Adam Schiff first, making it political. But even if you reject that argument, He Who Shall Not Be Named can only file a whistleblower complaint within the Intelligence community. The president is not part of that community and therefore cannot be considered for whistleblower status. Once this is completed, they can shout his name from the rooftops and no one can say a word.
The Republican counsel for the impeachment inquiry will reportedly demand that the whistleblower offer public testimony, rather than closed-door or written testimony, pointing to the fact that he consulted with the Democrat leading the impeachment effort prior to filing the complaint that triggered the inquiry. Since the whistleblower approached House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) before he was officially protected under whistleblower status, Republicans will reportedly contend, the author of the complaint should not be afforded whistleblower protections.
The report comes from RealClearInvestigations’ Paul Sperry, who first published the alleged identity of the whistleblower. “Republican counsel for impeachment inquiry will make argument for whistleblower’s public testimony based on fact he consulted with, and provided information to, Schiff’s office BEFORE filing whistleblower complaint and BEFORE he was shielded by whistleblower protections,” Sperry tweeted Thursday.
Sperry also reported Thursday that Senate Intelligence Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) received a letter “addressed directly to him from the whistleblower.” Thus, Burr knows the identity of the whistleblower. “Not only could he officially unmask him, but subpoena him to testify,” wrote Sperry, noting that he would first have to get approval from Vice Chair Democratic Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA).