WATCH: ‘The View’ Host Falsely Claims Don Jr. Tweeting Whistleblower Identity Is A Crime
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ABC host of The View, Sunny Hostin, falsely claimed it is a federal crime to name or out a whistleblower. The incident occurred during an interview with guests Donald Trump Jr. and former Fox News contributor Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Hostin said to Guilfoyle, “You’re a lawyer, we know each other, you worked for a prosecutor. I mean, did you advise your boyfriend that it is a federal crime to out a whistleblower?”
Trump Jr. responded, “Well it’s not a federal crime. It’s only a federal crime for the IG to do it, that’s in the statute.”
Following this moment, Trump Jr. tweeted the statute that shows outing a whistleblower is only a crime for the Inspector General, not for a member of the media or a private citizen:
The hosts of The View are lying about the whistleblower statute.
Here's the statute that proves it's only a crime for the IG to release the name of the whistleblower. Totally legitimate & legal for members of the media & private citizens to name him.https://t.co/M2DefCURRF
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 7, 2019
From Breitbart News:
He added, “I’m a private citizen putting this out there. I don’t see any difference whatsoever. The reality is it seems to me, and my point of view on this, it seems to me that everyone is outraged that his name is out there because now people are saying, okay. He’s tied to Joe Biden while Joe Biden was working in the White House. He has ties to Brennan, who was leading on Trump. Let’s be honest about what it is.”
Huntsman said, “That’s not why I’m outraged. I’m outraged because I care about diplomacy in this country. I care about how we protect the people when they see a wrongdoing, and they go through the proper political channels, and they are protected for doing that.”
Trump said, “ABC is right now chasing down a whistleblower about all of the Epstein stuff because those stories were killed. So if we’re going to have the conversation about the outrage about whistleblowers, you work with CBS who oust the whistleblower.”