Rand Paul Pushes Back on Democrats, Says He ‘Probably Will’ out the Whistleblower

After calling for the media to publish the name of the whistleblower, who filed a complaint that ultimately led to an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he might release the name of the individual.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Paul said that no law stops him from disclosing the whistleblower’s name.

He said, “I’m more than willing to, and I probably will at some point. … There is no law preventing anybody from saying the name.”

On Tuesday, the Kentucky senator told Fox News’ Brett Baier that the part of the law that makes it illegal to disclose the whistleblower’s name only applies to the inspector general.

“The statute says that the inspector general can’t reveal the name. There’s nothing that prevents me from saying it now, other than that I want it to be more about the process and less about the person.”

Watch his comments below:

He said that he may go to the Senate floor and disclose the whistleblower’s name there, but did not commit to such an action.

Paul went on to say that the whistleblower should be interviewed as a material witness an investigation into alleged corruption by former Vice President Joe Biden.

Additionally, he said the whistleblower should be questioned by Trump’s counsel in the impeachment inquiry, citing the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution, which gives defendants the right to confront their accuser.

His colleagues in the Senate were quick to criticize his comments. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called Paul’s remarks appalling.

Fellow Republican Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) said he believes whistleblowers “have the right to remain confidential and their privacy ought to be respected.”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) also disagreed, saying, “Whistleblowers are entitled to protection under the law … To try to reveal the identity of this individual is contrary to the intent of the whistleblower law.”

Walter Shaub, the former Director of the Office of Government Ethics, tweeted that if Paul releases the whistleblower’s name, it would be “one of the most shameful breaches a legislator could commit.”

Paul’s comments come after Trump’s rally in his home state on Monday night, where he called for the media to publish the whistleblower’s name, as IJR previously reported.

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Bob
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Whistle blower protection is to keep the individual from repercussions – financial or physical – not to have the individual remain anonymous. 6th Amendment rights demand that an accused individual has the right to confront his accuser. Therefore negating anonymity.

Bob Weir
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Bob Weir

How credible can a whistleblower be if he/she remains anonymous? I could invent a guy and say he has damaging info on the President, but, I can never reveal his identity. By doing that I’m able to smear the President, or anyone I have animosity toward.

Greg Miller
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Greg Miller

“Out” the WB anonymously; it must be OK to do it that way — that’s how DemonKKKrats and the MSM do it on an almost daily basis!

Tom Bodine
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The only people defending this so called Blower are the left-over losers from 2016 and the mental patients inflicted with TDS.

Phyllis Softa
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Brad, are you counting the Mueller Report as a leak?? After misrepresenting its contents, AG Barr released it. Are you counting Chris Collins and Duncan Hunter’s indictments as leaks? Chris Collins and family’s guilty pleas as leaks? Those are not “smears” They are a matter of public record.

Screwtape
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An idiot may go on about “whistleblower laws”, which were intended solely to keep the keep the “blower” from being fired but knows nothing, as usual.

IF it goes to criminal proceedings required for impeachment then anonymity goes away. There’s an overriding Constitutional right to confront one’s accusers.

Also, what’s been “leaked” so far is just that. “leaks” and made up shit, q.v. Adam Schitt. It does NOT arise to the level of “high crimes and offenses”, but if it did, see my earlier statement.

General Confusion
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There are something like 50 whistleblower laws, so I hope at least one of them can be applied to whoever actually outs the person, if it gets that far.

Brad
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Absolutely EVERYTHING bad about ANYTHING to smear Republicans has leaked these past few years. Rand just write down the information, hand it to a professor buddy you have somewhere and let it go public……maybe even have a Special Council Investigation into this person…..and in response to retaliation I would have to simply say what’s good for the goose (left) is good for the gander (right)!

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