Facebook Removes 'Any and All Mentions' of Alleged Whistleblower's Name


Facebook is removing from its platform any mention of the name of the potential whistleblower who ignited the current Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Facebook is also cracking down on media outlets that post the whistleblower’s name, saying to do so is a violation of the social media giant’s community standards and policies, Breitbart reported.

The conservative news outlet said Facebook removed a post from Breitbart’s page that pointed out other respected media publications have named the whistleblower.

The whistleblower’s name is also mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller’s reported (on page 283) and in a transcript from Ambassador Bill Taylor’s closed-door testimony, which was made public.

Breitbart said that it received a notification from Facebook that the outlet’s news page was “at risk of being unpublished,” due to publishing the alleged whistleblower’s name.

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In response to an inquiry from Breitbart, Facebook released the following statement: “Any mention of the potential whistleblower’s name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content ‘outing of witness, informant, or activist.'”

“We are removing any and all mentions of the potential whistleblower’s name and will revisit this decision should their name be widely published in the media or used by public figures in debate,” the statement read.

Some other outlets that have included the name of the alleged whistleblowers in their stories are RealClearInvestigations, The Western Journal, The Federalist and the Washington Examiner.

Rush Limbaugh — who is the most popular talk radio host in the country, with an audience of millionsdevoted a lengthy segment to discussing the whistleblower on air by name late last month.

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The president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., also shared a Breitbart story that identified the alleged whistleblower in a tweet.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham told reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill that the whistleblower statute does not protect the identity of the individual, but only shields the person from facing retribution in their employment with the federal government.

“The whistleblower statute was never meant to give you anonymity,” Graham said. “It was meant to allow you to come forward without being fired.”

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“You can’t use anonymity in a criminal process. You can’t use anonymity in a civil process,” he added. “This is a misuse of the statute.”

Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz told Fox News on Thursday, “What we read about now is that suddenly it is a new crime to publish the name of a whistleblower.”

“I spent this afternoon searching the statute books, I simply couldn’t find that crime,” Dershowitz said. “It is so dangerous for political opponents to invent new crimes without having them passed by the legislature.”

The legal scholar further pointed out that the Constitution prevents the legislature from creating new crimes and then applying them retroactively.

Tweets surfaced earlier this week in which one of the whistleblower’s attorneys, Mark Zaid, in the days after Trump took office in January 2017 wrote that the “coup has started,” and “impeachment will follow ultimately.”

“45 years from now we might be recalling stories regarding the impeachment of @realDonaldTrump. I’ll be old, but will be worth the wait,” Zaid wrote.

Trump highlighted the tweets at a rally in Monroe, Louisiana, on Wednesday night.

“It’s all a hoax. It’s a scam,” he said of the impeachment inquiry.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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