Anybody have any news on what this whistleblower will add to his previous testimony before Congress? Or is this a different committee that is holding a hearing?
It's the same committee Nordstrom gave testimony to last October - the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
Thompson and Hicks are the two key witnesses - both have self-identified as whistleblowers. Nordstrom will be there to provide credence to their statements and to provide background and perspective via re-assertion of the information he provided in October. The three testimonies will be an example of a sum being greater than its parts, i.e., they will interlock.
When Nordstrom testified the first time, he was walking on egg shells and knew others testifying at that time were part of a concerted effort to minimize and trivialize his testimony. This time around, he will not be under their thumb, nor anyone else's in the government.
Understand that these testimonies will only be the tip of the iceberg. The ultimate goal of the Committee leadership is to show the many other whistleblowers remaining in the shadows that it's safe to come out now. Once they see these higher level guys this week break ranks and open Pandora's box, it's widely believed they will find strength in numbers and line up to testify.
The other goal here is to get enough information out to pressure the Senate to hold similar new hearings. The Dems are resisting there, naturally, but if the House can blow things up, the Senate will be forced to cooperate, especially with so many Dem. Senate seats at stake in 2014. Any appearance of cover-up will not sit well in an off-year election.
Nordstrom's testimony, even if little of it is "new", will serve as the glue that ties the testimonies of Thompson and Hicks together. I suspect he will also be emboldened by having allies and he will be more assertive and aggressive in his statements this week.