According to Deadline, a spokeswoman for the Washington Post said that the Post “has long respected the right of whistleblowers to report wrongdoing in confidence, which protects them against retaliation. We also withhold identities or other facts when we believe that publication would put an individual at risk. Both of these considerations apply in [the case of the Whistleblower who reported Trump’s July 25 call to Ukrainian counterpart].”
These considerations are not unique to Washington Post but are universal principle for media. However, as the impeachment process moves into a new and more public phase, President Trump and his allies are increasing their pressure on the media to reveal the name of the whistleblower who started it all, CBS news stated. The Hill reported that
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he might disclose the name of a whistleblower whose complaint about President Trump’s actions toward Ukraine spurred the House impeachment inquiry. Asked why he hasn’t disclosed the name of the unknown individual, Paul told reporters that he “probably will.” “I’m more than willing to, and I probably will at some point. … There is no law preventing anybody from saying the name,” Paul told reporters. Paul doubled down on potentially publicly releasing the whistleblower’s name during an interview with Fox News’s Bret Baier on Tuesday night, saying that he “may” disclose the name.
CBS News also reported that The whistleblower’s attorney, Mark Zaid, denounced Paul’s comments.
“A member of Congress who calls for the identity of any lawful whistleblower to be publicly revealed against their wishes disgraces the office they hold and betrays the interests of the Constitution and the American people,” Zaid said in a statement to CBS News.
The House passed a formal impeachment resolution last week, started releasing transcripts of witnesses’ closed-door testimonies this week, and plans to hold public hearings soon. At issue is a July 25 call in which Mr. Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat running to unseat Mr. Trump, and his son, Hunter Biden. It is illegal to ask foreign entities for election assistance.
During the rally, Paul and Mr. Trump also called on House Democrats to subpoena the whistleblower to testify before the impeachment committees.