To: Trump administration, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate
Tell the Trump administration to stop hiding the whistleblower report
The Trump Administration is hiding the whistleblower complaint about Trump's reported “promise” to a foreign leader. The American people have a right to know if the President was engaged in unethical and potentially illegal behavior as reports indicate this call may have caught Trump encouraging Ukranian president to investigate a political rival while using a nearly $400 million aid package as leverage. It's not enough to release the transcript of the call. Congress and the nation deserve to see the entire whistleblower complaint. The whistleblower should be granted protection and an investigation immediately, thoroughly, and transparently be conducted.
Why is this important?
A whistleblower from inside the Trump Administration has filed a complaint against the President -- including a "promise" Trump made in a conversation with a foreign leader, according to multiple press accounts.
What did he promise? Who did he promise it to? We don’t know and neither does Congress -- because Trump is abusing his power to cover up what happened.
His administration has refused to pass the whistleblower's complaint on to Congress as the law requires.
This is a clear cut abuse of power -- and completely unacceptable in a democracy.
Whistleblowers take on great personal risk to expose wrongdoing by the powerful. They’re the only reason countless presidential scandals have made it into public view. That’s why we have legal protections for whistleblowers -- which must be followed.
But unfortunately, presidents in both parties have abused their power to silence or retaliate against whistleblowers. It's vitally important that we speak up for transparency right now. That's why Congress must immediately take action to protect this national security official who was so concerned about Trump’s actions that they decided to come forward.
Congress deserves to know what Trump said, who he said it to, and any other details of the complaint. And, they must expand protections that ensure government whistleblowers can’t be silenced or retaliated against for speaking the truth.