NEW HAVEN, CT —A lawsuit in federal court accuses Facebook of censorship after the company reportedly deleted a user's posts naming the alleged Ukraine whistleblower that started the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
A Connecticut law school student who wanted to see if Facebook was deleting posts mentioning the name filed the suit on Tuesday.
Some media outlets have published the name, which lawmakers have kept secret because of concerns for the whistleblower's safety.
Facebook said in a statement that mentioning the name violates its policies but will revisit the decision if the name becomes widely published.
President Trump said in an interview on “Fox and Friends,” that he wants the whistleblower to testify, and that everyone in Washington knows who it is.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that Congress will continue to protect the whistleblower from President Trump's attacks.
During the impeachment hearing, Republicans pressed Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman about who he talked to after monitoring President Trump's July phone call with the president of Ukraine.
Vindman said he spoke with a State Department official and a member of the intelligence community. California Democrat Adam Schiff, chairman of the Intelligence Community, said the whistleblower's identity must be protected.
The anonymous whistleblower filed a formal complaint about Trump's July call and prompted the impeachment inquiry in the House. Vindman called Trump's call improper and inappropriate. Trump is accused of withholding critical military aid to Ukraine in return for an investigation of Democrats.