Lawyer Says 6th Amendment Doesn’t Apply To Whistleblower Cases
President Donald Trump has been on roll, calling out the whistleblower from the Ukrainian president phone call, but today Republican senator Chuck Grassley issued a statement saying the whistleblower “ought to be heard out and protected.”
Senator Grassley - “We should always work to respect whistleblowers’ requests for confidentiality. Any further media reports on the whistleblower’s identity don’t serve the public interest—even if the conflict sells more papers or attracts clicks.”
An impeachment proceeding is not a criminal case and the rules of evidence and procedure are different as explained in this exchange from a transcript of a report on NPR.
LINDSEY GRAHAM: This seems to me like a political setup. It's all hearsay. You can't get a parking ticket conviction based on hearsay.
SARAH MCCAMMON: But that right to face your accuser guaranteed in the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution wasn't written to apply to impeachment, says David Dorsen, a former assistant chief counsel on the Senate Watergate Committee.
DAVID DORSEN: This is not a criminal proceeding. It's a impeachment proceeding, and the rules of evidence don't apply.
SO, stay tuned. This one isn't over by a long shot!