- The Washington Times - Monday, July 30, 2018

Monday is National Whistleblowers Day — a date formally adopted by the U.S. Senate in late June by unanimous resolution which recognizes the very first whistleblowers law enacted by the Continental Congress on July 30, 1778. The day will be marked on Capitol Hill by the National Whistleblowers Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization founded in 1998 which works on behalf of those willing to reveal what they know.

“Linda Tripp, a former U.S. civil servant who blew the whistle on a sitting president, speaks this year at the National Whistleblower Day celebration. This is the first public address Tripp will be making since 2000,” the group noted in a statement, by way of introduction for their event.

“I know what it’s like to be in the crosshairs of the most powerful person in the world, to be attacked viciously not because I said something that was not true, but because I said something people did not want to hear, about a popular president,” Ms. Tripp told her audience on Monday.

“I will say that I could not have lived with myself if I had failed to act,” she later added.

“Tripp made disclosures to the Office of the Independent Counsel that President Bill Clinton had lied under oath in a sexual harassment lawsuit. Her testimony contributed to the House of Representatives voting to impeach the president, and resulted in a sitting president being found in contempt of court and losing his law license. Tripp was also a victim of retaliation. After blowing the whistle, the Department of Defense retaliated by illegally leaking defamatory information from Ms. Tripp’s highly confidential security clearance file,” the organizers noted in their statement.

Michael Kohn, a partner with Kohn Kohn & Colapinto, which represented Ms. Tripp, said she was “before her time when she blew the whistle on sexual harassment in the workplace.”

“Tripp was an early pioneer of the #MeToo movement, and we are looking forward to what she has to say on Monday,” Mr. Kohn said.

Also among the 15 speakers on hand for the event: Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican and founder and chairman of the bipartisan Senate Whistleblower Caucus and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Michael Horowitz, Inspector General of the Dept. of Justice; Dan Meyer, former director for Whistleblowing and Transparency in the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General; and Daniel Ashe, former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

C-SPAN covered the event, found here.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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