House Democrats are considering their options when it comes to protecting the identity of the Ukraine whistleblower, even as President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress have called for the individual’s identity to be exposed.
According to the Washington Post, who first reported the incident, citing officials familiar with the discussions, House Democrats are considering hiding the whistleblower’s appearance and voice, as well as having them testify at another remote location—possibly even testifying from a video hookup.
“There are lots of different protocols and procedures we’re looking into to find out what works and doesn’t work to protect the identity of the whistleblower,” one official told the Post. “That is paramount.”
Trump has been tweeting up a storm over the past few weeks, ranting and raving against the whistleblower, calling the unfolding drama a “witch hunt.”
On Sunday, Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) came to Trump’s defense, saying that the whistleblowers who have come forward as part of the president’s impeachment inquiry should be made to testify in public.
“If the whistleblower’s allegations are turned into an impeachment article, it’s imperative that the whistleblower be interviewed in public, under oath, and cross-examined,” Graham said on Sunday Morning Futures. “Nobody in America goes to jail or has anything done to them without confronting their accuser.”