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Politics 'Do your job!': Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul demands media reveal whistleblower's identity

08:50  05 november  2019
08:50  05 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

GOP argues whistleblower's name must be public

  GOP argues whistleblower's name must be public The clash over the whistleblower's identity — and that person’s right to anonymity — has emerged as a frontline battle in the partisan war over the Trump impeachment inquiry. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Republicans on Capitol Hill contend that knowing the whistleblower's identity is vital to the process, granting Trump the right to face his accuser - and learn of any political biases the figure might have.

' Do your job !': Kentucky Sen . Rand Paul demands media reveal whistleblower ' s identity . 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,” the Kentucky Republican said

Republican Kentucky Sen . Rand Paul made an appearance during President Donald Trump’ s Kentucky rally Monday night and demanded that the media print the name of the whistleblower whose “I say tonight to the media : do your job and print his name,” Paul said as the crowd cheered.

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Sen. Rand Paul demanded the news media print the name of the whistleblower at the center of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump during a rally Monday night in Kentucky.

“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,” the Kentucky Republican said after being invited onto the stage by Trump, referring to unverified reports circulating through conservative outlets.

Trump calls on Ukraine whistleblower to come forward

  Trump calls on Ukraine whistleblower to come forward Trump calls on Ukraine whistleblower to come forward .The impeachment focuses on Trump's request in a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival, and his son. Lawmakers are also looking at testimony that Trump withheld $391 million in U.S. aid from Ukraine to pressure Zelenskiy to launch, and publicly announce, such a probe.

Sen . Rand Paul (R-KY) took a jab at the mainstream media during President Donald Trump' s rally in Lexington, Kentucky on Monday night. Paul flat out told the media to " do your job " and print the name of the Ukrainian whistleblower . "President Trump has great courage. He faces down the fake media

Sen . Rand Paul (R-KY) slammed the media for refusing to publish the name of the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower , despite it being one of the biggest I say tonight to the media , ' Do your job and print his name!' And I say this to my fellow colleagues in Congress, to every Republican in Washington

To loud cheers from the audience, Paul continued, “I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name. And I say this to my fellow colleagues in Congress, to every Republican in Washington, 'Step up and subpoena Hunter Biden and subpoena the whistleblower!’”

He also tweeted the same declaration during the rally:

Trump and his Republican supporters in Congress have insisted that the impeachment process has been unfair. One of their primary complaints has been the whistleblower's anonymity. Trump called for the whistleblower to testify publicly earlier Monday.

Rand Paul, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: President Donald Trump listens as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a campaign rally in, Lexington, Ky., Monday, Nov. 4, 2019.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ORG XMIT: KYSW119© Susan Walsh, AP President Donald Trump listens as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a campaign rally in, Lexington, Ky., Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ORG XMIT: KYSW119 Mark Zaid, an attorney for the whistleblower, said Sunday that his client would be willing to answer written questions from Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee without going through Democratic Chairman Adam Schiff.

Grassley: Up to whistleblower to reveal identity

  Grassley: Up to whistleblower to reveal identity Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday that it is up to the whistleblower at the center of the impeachment inquiry to decide whether or not to come forward after President Trump urged the media to reveal the individual's identity."That's strictly up to the whistleblower," Grassley told reporters.

Senator Rand Paul on Monday night called on the media to unmask the whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment probe against President Trump. The Kentucky senator made the remarks in his home state at President’ s Trump Lexington rally. “I say tonight to the media , ‘ Do your

Kentucky Sen . Rand Paul , a staunch Trump defender, tweeted out a link to a report about the whistleblower ' s identity . U.S. whistleblower laws exist to protect the identities and careers of people who bring forward accusations of wrongdoing by government officials.

On Paul's comments during Monday night's rally, Zaid said, "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."

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The president is accused of using military aid as leverage to pressure Ukraine into investigating Biden, the former vice president and a candidate for the Democrats' presidential nomination. The whistleblower had been told that Trump had spelled out his demands in a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The whistleblower is subjected to federal protections from retaliation for disclosure of information, with laws existing to protect the identities of people who bring forth accusations of wrongdoing by government officials.

Contributing: William Cummings, USA TODAY.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Do your job!': Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul demands media reveal whistleblower's identity

Republican moderate breaks with party over identifying whistleblower .
As the impeachment inquiry against President Trump moves into a public phase this week, leading Democrats - joined by at least one GOP lawmaker - on Sunday rejected Republican demands for public testimony by the whistleblower whose complaint set the process in motion. Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, who has broken with the White House on other issues, said Sunday the whistleblower should not have been included on a list of witnesses the Republicans wanted to testify in open hearings set to begin Wednesday.

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