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September 2019

Can You Blow the Whistle on the President? Whistleblower Attorneys Provide the Answers

In response to the overwhelming need for federal employees to understand their right to lawfully report violations of law or abuses of authority to Congress, Inspectors General or other “appropriate authorities”, the whistleblower law firm Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page regarding the right of federal employees to blow the whistle on the President and his appointees. 

Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto has represented federal employees and contractors for over 35-years, including Linda Tripp, whose disclosures led to the impeachment of President Clinton, Bunny Greenhouse, who blew the whistle on illegal no-bid contracts obtained by Halliburton during the War in Iraq, leading FBI whistleblowers Frederic Whitehurst and Jane Turner, and one of the most important counterterrorism operatives, Bassem Youssef.

“Federal employees play an essential role for oversight and accountability. They are the background for ensuring that the rule of law governs American society. Whistleblower disclosures were key to the two most recent Presidential impeachments, “Deep Throat” (Richard Nixon) and Linda Tripp (Bill Clinton),” said Stephen M. Kohn, a partner at KKC and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Whistleblower Center.  Kohn, the author of The New Whistleblower’s Handbookhelped draft the FAQs on blowing the whistle on the President.  

“Whistleblower disclosures directly resulted in one impeachment and forcing another President to resign from office. It is absolutely critical that all federal employees know their rights to blow the whistle and safely report violations of law or impeachable offenses,” Kohn added. 

The newly published FAQs explain the laws used by the Trump CIA whistleblower and provide resources for federal employees who want to learn how to report corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse at their offices.

The FAQs cover the most important federal employee whistleblower and anti-retaliation laws, and contain links to the relevant statutory provisions and federal government offices designed to assist whistleblowers. The FAQs can be used to protect federal employees who report impeachable offenses, including witnesses who may have additional evidence related to the Trump whistleblower’s allegations.

The FAQs also includes laws and statutes related to:

  • Intelligence Community Whistleblowers
  • Military Whistleblowers
  • FBI Whistleblowers
  • Right to report allegations to Congress
  • The obligation of federal employees to report corruption
  • Procedures for raising classified concerns to appropriate authorities

The news of the past week has generated questions and confusion about the rights of federal employees who decide to blow the whistle; these FAQs are designed to provide expert analysis on reporting abuses of authority and violations of law within the federal government, including abuses committed by the President. 

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto has been the nation’s leading whistleblower law firm since 1988 and represented the last whistleblower whose disclosures triggered the impeachment of a President. KKC was lead counsel in defending White House whistleblower Linda Tripp from retaliation and violations of her rights to privacy.  Ms. Tripp’s federal retaliation and Privacy Act lawsuit was highly successful and resulted in one of the largest Privacy Act damage payments ever paid to a federal employee. 

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto has also been in the forefront in fighting for whistleblower protection by Ending RetaliationStopping Hush MoneyDefending Constitutional RightsEstablishing Rights for FBI Agents and Intelligence Community employees, Protecting Compliance Officials, obtaining record setting rewards for whistleblowers, and Collecting Damages for Whistleblowers in retaliation cases. 

Visit the FAQ page: Can Federal Employees Blow the Whistle on the President?

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The Whistleblower Blog is an editorially independent news and information source, sponsored by a pro bono public service project by Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP. The blog highlights important news, legal developments and policy issues critical to whistleblowers and their advocates, both in the United States and internationally. The contributors to this blog are respected leaders in their fields, including the authors of key whistleblower law books, current and former legal professors, spokespersons before Congressional committees and other public bodies, directors of non-profit whistleblower advocacy groups, and prominent attorneys specializing in representing/assisting whistleblowers in the United States and throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.