Sen. Rand Paul, at a campaign rally with President Trump in Kentucky, blew the roof off the arena when he told the crowd that “we know the name of the whistleblower” and called on the media to “print his name.”
A reporter caught up with the senator in the hallway and asked Rand Paul if he knew that it’s illegal to out a whistleblower. That’s when Paul schooled her on the law.
Question: “The whistleblower laws protect the whistleblower. You know it’s illegal to out a whistleblower?”
— Praying Medic (@prayingmedic) November 5, 2019
Whistleblowers are guaranteed protection from the repercussion of being fired, but the statute does not forbid anyone, other than the Inspector General, from revealing the whistleblower’s name. https://t.co/0ALuq49FLi
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 5, 2019
Whistleblowers are protected from retaliation. They are not entitled to anonymity. They are not permitted to sit behind locked doors and say whatever they want without the accused the ability to cross-examine. To call this person a whistleblower is disingenuous.
Twitter chimed in:
Education for Journalists 101 pic.twitter.com/3qawKltOVG
— Catherine (@bluelion65) November 5, 2019
It’s always interesting who the media wants to protect and who they want to out.
— John Rambo (@JohnJ2427) November 5, 2019
Thank you, Sen. Paul, for clearing up that misconception about whistleblowers.
Let’s see if anything changes…
— Scenic Route 36 (@36Scenic) November 5, 2019
The Whistleblower law is designed to protect the whistleblower from retaliation from his/her employer when they disclose issues at place of employment <> that doesn’t apply to the individual in this matter..
— ImWatchingToo 🐾👠 (@ImWatchingToo) November 5, 2019
— PALEFACE ABOLITIONIST- #AUTHENTICAMERICAN (@pkfanderson) November 5, 2019
But not a material witness. It is amazing how ill informed these wannabe “news” people are. They are the Junkyard Dogs of politically motivated superiors, who use them to spread confusion and discourse.
— Deplorable VincentA. (@VinceCiappetta) November 5, 2019