Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called on the media to print the name of the whistleblower, who filed a complaint about President Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, during a Trump rally in Kentucky on Monday night.
Speaking at the rally, Paul said, “We know the name of the whistleblower,” referring to reports by some media outlets that appeared to identify the whistleblower, and said the whistleblower should be a witness in House’s impeachment probe:
“We also now know the name of the whistleblower. The whistleblower needs to come forward as a material witness because he worked for Joe Biden at the same time Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs.”
Paul then called on the media to “do your job” and publish the name of the whistleblower, “I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name.”
Watch his comments below:
Mark Zaid, the whistleblower’s attorney, said Paul’s call to out the whistleblower “betrays the interests of the Constitution,” in a statement to The Hill:
“A member of Congress who calls for the identity of any lawful whistleblower to be publicly revealed against their wishes disgraces the office they hold and betrays the interests of the Constitution and the American people.”
Trump has called for the whistleblower’s identity to be revealed and called the individual to testify publicly in the impeachment inquiry.
The Whistleblower gave false information & dealt with corrupt politician Schiff. He must be brought forward to testify. Written answers not acceptable! Where is the 2nd Whistleblower? He disappeared after I released the transcript. Does he even exist? Where is the informant? Con!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2019
Attorneys for the whistleblower have been in negotiations with Congress about the possibility of having the individual testify. Over the weekend, the whistleblower signaled an openness to answer written questions, to satisfy calls for them to testify while protecting their anonymity.
However, Republican lawmakers have rejected that proposal. On Sunday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, said written answers would not “provide a sufficient opportunity to probe all the relevant facts and cross-examine the so-called whistleblower.”