Trump attacks whistleblower anonymity, but won’t utter name

MARK SHERMAN and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is blasting the media for not reporting the name of a person who has been identified in conservative circles as the whistleblower who spurred the impeachment inquiry. Yet Trump has carefully avoided using the name himself. Exposing whistleblowers can be dicey, even for a president. For one thing, it could be a violation of federal law to identify the whistleblower. While there's little chance Trump could face charges, revealing the name could give Democrats more impeachment fodder. It could also prompt a backlash among some Senate Republicans who have long defended whistleblowers. And, despite wanting the name to be disclosed, Trump sees some benefits to keeping it secret. The anonymity makes
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