A letter drafted and signed by 90 former national security officials within the federal government showcases unwavering support by those individuals for a CIA whistleblower, who came forward last month alleging President Donald Trump improperly asked a foreign power to investigate one of his political adversaries.
“A responsible whistleblower makes all Americans safer by ensuring that serious wrongdoings can be investigated and addressed, thus advancing the cause of national security to which we have devoted our careers,” the letter read, according to CNN.
The letter also promotes the idea that the whistleblower in question, and all future whistleblowers who follow the letter of the law, deserve protection from those they are reporting.
“Being a responsible whistleblower means that, by law, one is protected from certain egregious forms of retaliation,” the letter stated.
The letter was published around the same time that another whistleblower, with direct, firsthand knowledge of allegations made in the first whistleblower’s complaint, came forward over the weekend.
90 former national security officials sign letter supporting Ukraine whistleblower
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Lawyers for the first whistleblower confirmed that they were working with “multiple” whistleblowers who had since come forward, the New York Times reported over the weekend.
The 90 signers of the letter include national security experts and former officials from both Democratic and Republican administrations. A small number of the signers are also former Trump administration officials, according to Newsweek, including:
- James Nealon, a former assistant secretary for international engagement at the Department of Homeland Security;
- Roberta Jacobson, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico; and
- Andrea Kendal-Taylor, former deputy national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia.
Trump himself has previously called out the original whistleblower, alleging they were not putting forward credible allegations against him or members of his inner circle because the information they had was second-hand. The president has also demanded that he be able to meet with the whistleblower face-to-face, Talking Points Memo reported.
But such complaints aren’t enough to discredit a whistleblower’s claims, and it seems as though their allegations were confirmed by details contained in a memorandum released by the White House, detailing the phone call in question, an analysis from the Washington Post pointed out.
The letter from the 90 former national security officials repudiated Trump’s encroachments on the whistleblower’s credibility and anonymity.
“Whatever one’s view of the matters discussed in the whistleblower’s complaint, all Americans should be united in demanding that all branches of our government and all outlets of our media protect this whistleblower and his or her identity,” their letter concluded. “Simply put, he or she has done what our law demands; now, he or she deserves our protection.”
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