Tom Mueller: 'Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud' Case Puts Mueller in TV Spotlight

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Tom Mueller: 'Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud' Case Puts Mueller in TV Spotlight


Epperly, Emma, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)


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Tom Mueller was traveling when he got a snide Twitter message from a friend. It read, "What strings did you have to pull to make this happen?"

Mueller spent the last seven years researching, writing about and interviewing whistleblowers. Just weeks ahead of the release of his book, "Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud," a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump made international news and sparked an impeachment inquiry.

"This is a silver lining to a very dark cloud over our country right now," Mueller said of the timing.

"Whistleblowing is going to be a major issue through impeachment through the election cycle and all this," Mueller said. "Part of me was thrilled in the sense that this is actually going to make people pay attention to an issue that has, over seven years, become really central to the way I look at things."

Since the whistleblower complaint against Trump in relation to a phone call with Ukraine's president, Mueller has been busy appearing as an expert on network news more times than he can keep straight.

Mueller, who has family ties to Spokane and who now lives in Italy, arrived in the United States on Sept. 29 and has appeared on MSNC a handful of times, four CNN shows, an hourlong documentary-style piece on CNBC, a few shows on NPR, and on an episode of of PBS show "Amanpour and Company" on Monday.

"There's a considerable range of different interviews I've given," Mueller said. "Sometimes specifically focused on the Ukraine whistleblower situation and other times much more broad about my book or whistleblowing as a phenomenon."

As the whistleblower complaints dominate news cycles, Mueller has found himself challenged by being a frequently consulted expert on the subject. …

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