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Tell Congress: Protect whistleblowers!

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    Tell Congress: Protect whistleblowers!

    Petition to Congress:

    We urge you to pass stronger protections and protect whistleblowers, especially from Donald Trump. Please strengthen existing laws to prevent retaliation, close loopholes, and clarify reporting rules. The House created a Whistleblower Ombudsman Office, and we urge the Senate to follow suit.

    Chelsea Manning. Edward Snowden. Reality Winner. And...?

    At least two more names are about to be added to the list of whistleblowers who courageously stood up to authoritarian power, at great personal cost. Two people have already blown the whistle about Trump's shocking attempt to use Ukraine to undermine the 2020 election. And more may be ready to speak up.

    But Trump is continuing to threaten the people who blew the whistle on him.1 We need Congress to step up and do more to protect whistleblowers, including protecting them from retaliation. Can you help?

    Add your name: Tell Congress to deliver new protections for whistleblowers!

    Congress can step up and do more to protect whistleblowers. They can strengthen existing law to prevent retaliation. They can close loopholes and clarify reporting rules. The House created a Whistleblower Ombudsman Office, but the Senate hasn't followed suit.2

    The Ukraine scandal shows why this matters -- and it's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Trump's crimes and violations of the Constitution.

    His Muslim ban, his abusive treatment of immigrant families at the border, his undermining of Congressional oversight into military deployments, and his potential personal enrichment -- there's a lot more for the public to learn about Trump's behavior.

    It's likely that there are other government employees, especially in the intelligence community, who are considering whether to come forward with new information about Trump. They're surely watching to see whether Congress and the American people will protect existing whistleblowers from Trump's threats.

    Demand Progress has long fought for whistleblowers, especially those who have stood up to protect our democracy like Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Reality Winner, and more. With Trump aggressively threatening those who blow the whistle on his behavior, we need to once again stand up for justice.

    Sign the petition and tell Congress: Protect whistleblowers!

    1. Politico, "Trump again questions why whistleblower should be protected," October 9, 2019.
    2. Government Accountability Project, "Congress to Establish Office of the Whistleblower Ombudsman," January 2, 2019.