|Sen. Chuck Grassley|
In a press release Tuesday, Grassley said that protections for whistleblowers don't depend on how the person got the information they've reported. He acknowledged that complaints based on second-hand information "do require additional leg work to get at the facts and evaluate the claim’s credibility," Opsahl reports.
Grassley has been at odds with Trump over the recent Renewable Fuel Standard dust-up, a major issue in Iowa, and the president's failure to deliver a promised deal to settle disputes over ethanol. But he has also been a long-time defender of whistleblowers, "beginning in 1986 when he authored amendments to the False Claims Act encouraging whistleblowers to come forward with reports of fraud and abuse," Opsahl reports.
Iowa is proving a source of pressure for Trump on more than one front. Grassley's constituents—and Corn Belt voters in other states—have been agitated over the RFS dispute, which threatens political consequences for the president's reelection bid, David Lynch reports for The Washington Post. Trump has tried to assuage corn growers' frustrations by promising that Japan will buy enough corn to make up for the loss of China as a customer, but Japan doesn't need that much corn, The Wall Street Journal reports.