Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) caused quite the stir on Monday when he called for the fake news to expose the identity of the deep state whistleblower who filed a complaint against President Donald Trump regarding his communication with the Ukraine despite having no first-hand knowledge of the situation.
“I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name,” Paul said to a raucous crowd at a Trump rally in Kentucky.
Democrats immediately bashed Paul for his comments, accusing him of breaking the law and making America less safe with his strong rhetoric in favor of transparency.
“I cannot stress just how wrong this is. We have federal whistleblower laws designed to protect the identity and safety of patriotic Americans who come forward to stand up for the Constitution,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said during a speech on the Senate floor.
“Who cares about the whistleblower?” Former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said while appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday morning. “I mean seriously, it is so irrelevant at this point.”
“Well, Rand Paul’s just kind of an idiot about stuff. I mean, this is like so silly … we all know that the whistleblower’s account has been corroborated by information directly from the White House,” she added.
While it is unsurprising that Democrats would defend the deep state whistleblower, a surprising amount of Senate Republicans are echoing the Democrats’ concerns about protecting the anonymity of this deep state operative. They want to protect the secrecy of an individual who is actively participating in a coup to destroy the Trump presidency.
“I think whistleblowers have the right to remain confidential and their privacy ought to be respected,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) said.
“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,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said.
“I don’t agree with that,” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) said to The Hill. “I think the whistleblower can remain anonymous if that’s what they want.”
“That’s not my view,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) said to counter-signal Paul. “But it’s also not my view that the whistleblower should be able to answer questions in an anonymous way, and I think the whistleblower should come to the Senate Intelligence Committee.”
Other Republican lawmakers, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), gave tepid responses regarding whether the whistleblower should be exposed or not.
“What I’m going to do is wait until we get the case from the House — it looks like that is going to happen — and withhold judgment on the daily revelations, charges, witnesses, all the rest that you all of course, need to report on as it — as it comes out. That’s really all I have to say about that at this point,” McConnell said.
Rubio talked out of both sides of his mouth, as usual. He said that the law must be followed but “at some point people are also allowed to confront their accuser … so it’s a delicate situation.”
Paul has Trump’s back when it comes to fighting back against this witch hunt, but sadly, far too many Republicans in Washington D.C. are too scared of the deep state to fight back against this pernicious coup attempt.
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