It’s Not That Hard To Understand

I see Trump has wanted to out the whistle blower and now Rand Paul says he will. Now I’m sure you Fox News watchers, (the people who still think Donnie can do no wrong) are super happy with that development.
It may interest you to know that there are laws protecting Whistleblowers.
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The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, 5 U.S.C. 2302(b)(8)-(9), Pub.L. 101-12 as amended, is a United States federal law that protects federal whistleblowers who work for the government and report the possible existence of an activity constituting a violation of law, rules, or regulations, or mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety. A federal agency violates the Whistleblower Protection Act if agency authorities take (or threaten to take) retaliatory personnel action against any employee or applicant because of disclosure of information by that employee or applicant.[1]
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They are protected, as the Act describes.
This in effect allows a federal worker, as stated above, to anonymously report something perceived as wrong to authorities, without fear of repercussion.
Now to explain in the simplest way possible. This is an example most often cited. Imagine a bystander sees a crime, let’s say arson. He sees a man setting fire to a store or home. He calls the police to report it.
The police are not interested in why this man called in to report a crime, they are interested in stopping the man who is setting the fire or committing the crime. It’s that simple.
The whistleblower law is important. To be able to point to individuals who are committing crimes helps us eliminate or at least investigate that crime and who is committing it. The person reporting the crime, is in no way to blame for the crime.
A vindictive person, who is aggravated by the discovery of his or her crime, may wish to retaliate against the one who reported him or her.
This is a Federal Law that pertains to a Federal worker.
Should the offender hold a higher or more powerful office in the government, might it be beneficial to them to expose that whistleblower to simply muddy the waters, and by revealing their identity may also put them in physical danger. They are breaking the law if they do.
So the actions of the President appeared to be an abuse of power. When it was brought to the attention of the Inspector General, he declared that it was indeed an issue that needed to be investigated.
You may all believe that this President, suspected of abusing his power should be left to his own devices, and allowed to continue unimpeded.
You may also believe that the person reporting the crime must be identified.
So the arson suspect says “Hey, I was just holding the match very close to the paper stacked next to the store. What you should really be concerned with is the suspicious character who has accused me of arson, why was he so interested?”
In both cases, that would not only be wrong, but it would also be unlawful.
That’s what Trump and his supporters are asking the Federal Government to do. Forget the crime, persecute the one who reported it.
That is exactly why the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 was enacted. So federal workers will report abuses in the system they serve, and be protected. Simple.
NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW!