Senator Charles Grassley wrote a letter to Trump urging him to see that whistleblowers are instrumental in helping to “drain the swamp” in Washington by shedding light on fraud, waste and abuse. In particular, Grassley said he has asked every president since Regan to hold a White House Rose Garden ceremony to honor the work of whistleblowers, but no other president has honored his request. He asked Trump to be the first president to do so.
He noted to Trump that “a Rose Garden ceremony honoring whistleblowers, with the President of the United States praising the courage and sacrifice of individuals who have put so much on the line to make sure the taxpayers have a better, more responsible government, would epitomize your call for a new way of doing business in Washington. It would send a loud and clear signal from the very top of government through the very bowels of the unelected bureaucracy that your administration will not tolerate waste, fraud and abuse.”
In the letter, Grassley also stressed “whistleblowers are brave, patriotic people who tell the truth about what is going on in our government. They help us identify waste, fraud, and abuse in the vast and unwieldy federal bureaucracy.”
He added that “when others fight tooth and nail to protect wasteful pet projects, avoid transparency and accountability, and put their own interests ahead of the American people, whistleblowers do exactly the opposite…often at the peril of their own careers, reputations, and even health. They put Americans first.” Grassley
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