Report: John Roberts Blocks Rand Paul From Outing Whistleblower On Senate Floor
Senator Rand Paul attempted to ask a question during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial about the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint sparked the proceedings — potentially outing the individual on the Senate floor — but Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts blocked the move.
According to The Hill, a source confirmed that Roberts would not read the question, which is expected to name the whistleblower. The fact that the Chief Justice is responsible for reading the questions aloud would put Roberts in the position of outing the whistleblower himself.
But the Kentucky Republican has no plans to lay off the questions, telling reporters on Wednesday, “It’s still an ongoing process; it may happen tomorrow.”
Senators are now in the second of two days allotted for asking questions of both House managers and Trump’s legal team.
Senator John Thune (R-SD), who is the No. 2 Senate Republican and part of the group weeding out questions, said leadership was not involved in giving Paul’s question the axe but added that he does not expect the whistleblower will be named on the Senate floor.
“I don’t think that happens, and I guess I would hope that it doesn’t,” Thune said.
Paul has been saying since last year that he is “more than willing” to out the whistleblower and “probably will at some point.”