Among the many attacks Republicans have levied against the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump is that it is somehow counter to the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the provision of the Bill of Rights that grants criminal defendants the right to trial by jury, to legal representation, and to confront witnesses.
In particular, argue Trump defenders like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), because the whistleblower whose complaint triggered the investigation remains anonymous — in accordance with the Whistleblower Protection Act — an impeachment process that does not let Trump confront the whistleblower is illegitimate.
But this argument is nonsense for several reasons, wrote former Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub — namely because the whistleblower is a tipster, not a witness, and the House impeachment isn't a criminal trial:
Shaub left the Trump administration amid clashes over ethics rules. He has since served with the Campaign Legal Center, a prominent watchdog group.