Are you getting tired of seeing and hearing the word “whistleblower” in the story about Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky? Join the club. I also am tired of having to put quotation marks around the word “whistleblower” when referring to this individual, though I still go out of my way to do it because this “whistleblower” is not an actual whistleblower under any U.S. whistleblower statute.
We’ve already discussed why the person who has already been named by multiple news outlets as Eric Ciaramella (pronounced “CHAR-a-mel-ah,” as in “CHAR-lie”) does not qualify as a whistleblower in this case. Of course, I am not a lawyer, but Gregg Jarrett is, as well as a FOX News legal analyst who has focused an electron microscope on all aspects of the “witch hunt” to the point of even writing a book about it called WITCH HUNT. In a new column, Jarrett explains plainly why this person does not qualify as a whistleblower under any U.S. whistleblower statute, and goes on to tell us why he wouldn’t be entitled to anonymity even if he did.
Reader comment of the day
This comment from Janet on government bureaucracies was sparked by our story on why and how Michael Flynn was taken down...
Having worked as a contractor for the federal government, I can easily believe all of what you've said here about the bureaucrats working to oust Flynn. It was obvious to me that, at least at the agency where I worked (USDA), employees didn't have nearly enough work to do and even if they had work to do, they would spend their time taking naps (openly) at their desks, defying their branch chiefs. Then, of course, there was the contracting company that hired me, lying to me about what the job would entail to get me to take it. After a few weeks on the job, I came to the conclusion that not only should there be term limits for elected officials, but for federal employees as well. Five years and out.
From the Gov:
That sounds like a good plan! And, for the most part, security clearances need to end at that time as well. In fact, this issue might be something for President Trump to look into during his (yes) second term. After what he's been through, I don't think it would take much persuading.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
I’ve been chronicling liberal media hypocrisy ever since I launched my radio show “The Huckabee Report” in 2009, and there have been countless examples in the decade since. But seldom has there been such a glaring example than we see today.
On the one hand: the media are flailing Donald Trump Jr. for “revealing” the name of the alleged “whistleblower” whose thirdhand gripes about how the President is doing his job launched Adam Schiff’s kangaroo court impeachment hearings – even though Don Jr. merely retweeted one of many news stories that already includes his name. (Better arrest me, too, since I talked about it days ago. And put out an APB for Schiff as well, since some of the testimony he released inadvertently included the guy’s name.) They’re also stridently insisting that it’s a violation of federal law to say his name, which it most definitely is not. It’s against federal regulations for the Inspector General to reveal his name without just cause, but the rest of us are protected by this thing today’s “journalists” apparently never heard of, called the “First Amendment.”
Their excuse for all this hysteria over not revealing the name that everyone and his dog already knows is that we must protect whistleblowers at all costs.
But on the OTHER hand...on the very same day that we’re hearing all this banana oil about protecting whistleblowers, we learn that CBS has fired the female former ABC employee who allegedly leaked the video of ABC anchor Amy Robach complaining about how her bosses had killed her story exposing Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual crimes and his connections to powerful people like Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew. Note: ABC not only ferreted out the whistleblower’s identity, they called up CBS to tell them, and she was fired by CBS for exposing what ABC did. Again note: ABC conspired with CBS to out and fire a female whistleblower for exposing ABC’s repression of a female reporter in order to protect America’s worst serial pedophile/sexual predator and his powerful friends.
And yet they’re still lecturing the rest of us on the morality of protecting whistleblowers. The mind reels.
And just as a chaser: ABC claims they spiked the Epstein expose for allegedly not meeting their high journalistic standards...but they had no qualms about airing a credulous interview with Jussie Smollett, allowing him to promote his risible tale of being assaulted by noose-toting Trump supporters at 2 a.m. in sub-zero weather on a street in Chicago.
It’s disappointing but hardly surprising that a federal judge in New York struck down the Trump Administration’s latest rule protecting health care professionals from being forced to perform or refer patients for abortions, sterilizations or medically-assisted suicides if it violated their religious beliefs. This is one of several challenges to the rule that defends basic religious liberty. The sooner it gets to the Supreme Court, the better, and let’s all pray that the SCOTUS understands that the First Amendment was listed first for a reason, while the “rights” to abortion and suicide weren’t included by the Founders at all.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee."
- Psalm 56:3
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