Donald Trump has demanded that the whistleblower behind the Ukraine allegations be identified and required to testify, if the impeachment proceedings are to move forward.
Trump is not alone. Rand Paul has made the same demands.
This is something you should want, regardless of whether you love Trump or hate him.
I’m going to tell you why.
At least half the country believes that the impeachment process is a scam, a nakedly partisan attempt to remove Trump from office by non-electoral means.
This belief is not entirely unfounded. The progressive project of overturning the results of Election Day 2016 began before Trump even took office.
Remember that Unite For America video, in which a group of leftwing celebrities basically asked the Electoral College to check the stupidity of all the simpletons living in the Red States? Trump hadn’t yet been sworn in, and they were already trying to “impeach” him.
Then the Democrats attempted to sink Trump with the allegations of an aging porn star. That didn’t work.
Then the long and expensive Russia hearings. The Democrats failed to prove that Donald Trump was the Manchurian candidate of the Kremlin.
Now they’re hoping that this Ukraine thing will stick. Well, we’ll see.
But given the “kitchen sink approach” that the Democrats and other leftwing elements have taken since the 2016 election, you can forgive us all for being a little skeptical.
Name the whistleblower. Let the whistleblower testify. Make everyone believe the truth–if that is indeed what this is.
“But what about…??!!”
But what about the dangers to the whistleblower’s safety?
The government has ways of protecting people. The government protects people who testify against the mafia, for goodness sake. If there is a credible threat against the safety of the whistleblower (and there may indeed be, in the current political environment), then the government can protect him or her until things quiet down.
“But the whistleblower’s life will never be the same again!”
Perhaps. But what about the “normal life” of John Dean, who testified in the Watergate hearings in the mid-1970s?
Or, to pick a more recent impeachment process: What about Monica Lewinksy, Linda Tripp, and Paula Jones? They were all identified in the Clinton impeachment process of 1998.
Monica Lewinsky is one of the most widely recognized people in the world, as a result of her part in the Clinton impeachment process, more than 20 years ago now. Almost anyone who was old enough to remember all that would instantly recognize her in public.
But notoriety–both good and bad–is often the price of participation in historic events.
No secret trials
Clinton deserved his day in court, with full transparency. So did Nixon.
So does President Trump.
America is not (or at least, America should not be) a country of secret trials and hearings. Every American–including the President of the United States–has the right to face his or her accuser.
Let the whistleblower be named. Let the whistleblower testify.
And let the chips fall where they may.