Two Congressmen let federal government employees know they support them when it comes to sharing information with the media responsibly, something the Trump Administration has been against since the President took office.
Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Don Beyer (D-VA) released a guide Thursday informing federal employees of their rights and detailing which means of communication are most secure for disclosing information safely.
The guide comes shortly after a lengthy press conference from Trump, where he said he called the Department of Justice to look into leaks coming from his administration. He called the leaks "criminal." Last month the administration sent memos to several federal agencies banning communication on social media and limiting the capacity to speak with media, spurring a slew of "alternate" federal accounts.
"The Trump administration has strapped a muzzle on federal agencies and attacked legitimate whistleblowers," Representative Lieu wrote in a statement, "Should federal employees wish to break that silence, we want this to be a resource for the safe and responsible disclosure of information."
The guide gives an overview of the Whistleblower Protection Act and the First Amendment rights of federal employees, in addition to noting that each federal agency has an Inspector General who they can report fraud, waste or abuse to.
"In this age of gag orders and alternative facts, it’s important that we provide federal employees tools to ensure transparency," said Representative Beyer in a statement.
Lieu has also called for an investigation of Trump's unsecured cell phone that he refuses to give up.