Whether they don’t care if the CIA officer who filed the whistleblower complaint over Trump’s Ukraine call is threatened or killed, of whether they’re actually hoping for exactly that to happen, a growing number of Republican politicians and pundits is spreading their identity around Washington, along with accusations of political bias and unfounded rumors.
“A lot of us in Washington know who it is,” Gohmert told a Dallas radio station after the hearing, claiming that the whistleblower is a “very staunch Democrat” who was “supposed to be a point person on Ukraine, during the time when Ukraine was its most corrupt, and he didn’t blow any whistles on their corruption.”
After the report was published, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., shared the claims with his 2.6 million followers.
“It is being reported that the whistleblower was Joe Biden’s point man on Ukraine,” Paul tweeted. “It is imperative the whistleblower is subpoenaed and asked under oath about Hunter Biden and corruption.”…
The name quickly spread among conservative circles and the report was shared by right-wing pundits like Ann Coulter and reporters for far-right news outlets like The Daily Wire.
Despite repeatedly sharing the report, Coulter expressed doubts that the CIA analyst cited is actually the whistleblower.
“This has to be a fake-out!” she tweeted. “Even the Democrats can’t be so corrupt and stupid to accept THIS guy as a ‘whistleblower’ against Trump.”
Radio host Rush Limbaugh also named the purported whistleblower on his show and disputed that he was entitled to whistleblower protection.“This guy’s a leaker. He’s not a whistleblower,” Limbaugh said.
No, he’s a whistleblower. He followed the law to the letter and reported his concerns to his superiors and to attorneys and the Inspector General of the intelligence community. The claims of political bias are both unfounded — there’s no evidence at all that he was Joe Biden’s “point man” on Ukraine during the Obama administration — and irrelevant. He named many other people, most of them working at the White House and appointed by Trump, in his complaint and the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community (IGIC) interviewed many of those direct witnesses to what happened and found the information in the complaint compelling and of “urgent concern.” The IGIC was also appointed by Trump, so he can hardly be accused of political bias.
Besides, most of the claims made in that complaint have been proven to be true by the White House itself, so what is the point of accusing him of being a partisan Democrat? It’s a meaningless distraction so they can talk about anything other than the evidence found in the complaint. And since the guy’s attorneys have already received death threats to themselves and to him, it’s clear that they either don’t care if he’s intimidated or harmed, along with his family, or they are actively trying to make that happen. When you’re willing to put someone and their family in harm’s way in order to defend your hero, you’re not a politician or a pundit, you’re a cult member.