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.
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.”
Senator Chuck Grassley once said: "It takes guts to put your career on the line to expose waste and fraud, and whistleblowers need senators who will listen and advocate for them.”— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 6, 2019
Senator Rand Paul must not have gotten the memo.
Now would be a good time to send him a copy.
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.