Hillary Clinton: 'Really dangerous' for Trump to try to out the whistleblower
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Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHill.TV's Krystal Ball: Failure to embrace Sanders as nominee would 'destroy' Democratic Party Clinton says she feels the 'urge' to defeat Trump in 2020 Can Democrats flip the Texas House? Today's result will provide a clue MORE said Tuesday that the White House’s attempt to out the whistleblower behind an explosive complaint involving President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE’s contacts with Ukraine is “really dangerous.”

“From everything we know — and we don’t know much — this is an experienced person who saw things that bothered him,” Clinton said on “Good Morning America.” “That’s what the whole whistleblower statute is for. And it is to protect their identity.”

She added: “I understand he’s going to testify, and we’ll let the process unfold.” 

Clinton said Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats offer mixed reactions to Trump's Mideast peace plan James Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Trump offers two-state peace plan for Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid skepticism MORE (D-Calif.) effectively had “no choice” but to launch a formal impeachment inquiry against the president after a whistleblower complaint and subsequent reports revealed Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies MORE and his son and attempted to restrict access to any records of the call.


Trump said Monday that the White House is “trying to find out” the identity of the intelligence community whistleblower, whose complaint is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against the president.

The president, who demanded to meet the whistleblower and cast doubt on their complaint, claimed they reported “things that are incorrect.”

Lawyers representing the whistleblower have expressed “serious concern” for their client’s safety, sending a letter to lawmakers Sunday that urged them to “speak out in favor of whistleblower protection and reiterate that this is a protected system where retaliation is not permitted, whether direct or implied.”

The whistleblower's identity has not been publicly confirmed, though The New York Times reported last week that the person is a male CIA agent. A federal law known as the Whistleblower Protection Act shields federal whistleblowers who work for the government from workplace retaliation.