In yet another blatant attempt to get the whistleblower’s name into public so they can have more crazy people try to threaten him, the Federalist publishes this dreck (no link to the Federalist, fuck them):
Last Wednesday, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, published the unredacted name of a man alleged to be the so-called whistleblower who helped launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
During HPSCI testimony, William Taylor, the charge d’affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, was asked by a staff lawyer on the committee whether the name XXXXXXXXXXXXX was familiar to him.
“Does a person by the name of XXXXXXXXXXXXXX ring a bell for you?” asked Steve Castor, a committee staff counsel asked Taylor during a deposition on October 22.
Apparently, because the Schiff committee published his name WITHOUT mentioning he was the potential whistleblower, that means it is fair game to publish his name and accuse him of being the whistleblower. And why was his name brought up in the first place? Because Republican aides had been trying to get his name in the record FOR JUST THIS FUCKING REASON for weeks:
A top aide to Rep. Devin Nunes has been providing conservative politicians and journalists with information—and misinformation—about the anonymous whistleblower who triggered the biggest crisis of Donald Trump’s presidency, two knowledgeable sources tell The Daily Beast.
Derek Harvey, who works for Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee, has provided notes for House Republicans identifying the whistleblower’s name ahead of the high-profile depositions of Trump administration appointees and civil servants in the impeachment inquiry. The purpose of the notes, one source said, is to get the whistleblower’s name into the record of the proceedings, which committee chairman Adam Schiff has pledged to eventually release. In other words: it’s an attempt to out the anonymous official who helped trigger the impeachment inquiry.
And just who is Steve Castor? This fucking guy:
Steve Castor is chief investigative counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform under committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC). He has served on the committee staff since 2005, and during his twelve-year tenure participated in a wide variety of high-profile oversight investigations. Prior to working for Congress, he practiced commercial litigation in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. He earned his law degree from George Washington University.
So yeah, the alleged whistleblower’s name was published. Just like you fucking wanted it to be Madeline (who is just way too young to be this indoctrinated and evil).