Chief Justice Rejects Rand Paul’s Question Twice For Trying To Out Whistleblower
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) tried twice this week to out the Ukraine whistleblower during the Senate impeachment trial, but both times he was blocked by Chief Justice John Roberts, who chose not to read the senator’s question into the record.
But after Thursday’s rejection, Paul reportedly stormed out of the Senate and immediately went before reporters, where he proceeded to use the alleged whistleblower’s name two times, according to HuffPost.
“I think this is an important question, one that deserves to be asked, and makes no reference to anybody who may or may not be a whistleblower,” Paul said, insisting he was not outing anyone.
HuffPost noted that the whistleblower’s identity has become irrelevant, because the individual’s claims have been corroborated by numerous other witnesses and evidence.
Regardless, President Donald Trump himself has insisted he deserves the opportunity to “meet [his] accuser” and a handful of Republicans supported calling the whistleblower to testify before Congress.
So far, despite speculation, the individual’s identity has not been confirmed, but references like Paul’s only serve to send “a message to other would-be whistleblowers that if they speak up, they risk harassment encouraged at the highest levels,” HuffPost noted.