Impeachment, Ukraine, and the whistleblower are each three trending and interconnected topics in the world of American politics. As these topics trend and make waves in the press and on social media, different people have various outlooks and opinions. However, being fully informed and aware of important details about the impeachment whistleblower is beneficial to everyone.
Each person, regardless of political ideology or affiliation, is entitled to their own opinion. However, there are opinions and then there are facts. The following facts about the impeachment whistleblower are imperative and worthy of coverage, despite personal opinions on impeachment and President Trump’s July 25, 2019 phone call with Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky.
The Whistleblower Did Not Hear Trump’s Conversation with Zelensky
Contrary to what certain people have been led to believe, the whistleblower did not hear the president’s phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart. By the whistleblower’s own admission, their memo came after having a conversation with a “White House official.”
Following the aforementioned conversation, the whistleblower felt disturbed enough to write a memo. The whistleblower’s memo played a significant role in Democrats’ decision to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump; however, understanding that the whistleblower was not privy to Trump’s conversation with Zelensky is paramount.
Democrats Don’t Want the Whistleblower’s Testimony During Impeachment Proceedings
There’s no denying the role which the whistleblower’s allegations have played in the impeachment inquiry. Therefore, many Republicans believe that the whistleblower should come forth, testify before Congress, and answer questions under oath. However, Democrats have a very different outlook.
Democrats’ maintain that allowing the whistleblower to give congressional testimony would result in the GOP attempting to insinuate Joe Biden or his son, Hunter BIden as culprits in corruption with the Ukraine government. Of course, Democrats’ stance on this matter has prompted immense conservative backlash. Many individuals who lean right-of-center believe that having the whistleblower come forward is only fair.
Social Media Sites are Banning the Release of the Whistleblower’s Name
As the impeachment inquiry plays out, some people are taking it upon themselves to learn the identity of the whistleblower and release their findings. However, Facebook and YouTube aren’t standing for it. Earlier this month, both social networking sites announced their decision to ban posts and content which leak the name of the whistleblower.
Some Americans have censured this decision from Facebook and YouTube, stating that President Trump reserves the right to face his accuser. However, many critics of the president believe that publishing the whistleblower’s name will place their safety and life in peril.
The Whistleblower Offered to Answer House GOP’s Questions in Written Form
As calls for the whistleblower’s identity and answers continue to mount, the whistleblower proposed answering inquiries from House Republicans in written form. Through their attorney Mark Zaid, the whistleblower expressed a willingness to provide written answers; however, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy declined the offer.
McCarthy stated that due to the gravity of impeachment and the nature of the whistleblower’s accusations, they ought to “come before the committee” and answer questions in person and directly.