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.
Ilhan Omar’s Grandfather Was a Government Official in One of Africa’s Worst Dictatorships
Talk about ‘systematic oppression.’
As Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar accuses American civilization of being a “system of oppression,” it appears that the progressive Democrat has provided little to no public information on her own grandfather’s activities and public duties as a government official in one of Africa’s worst dictatorships.
Omar has described her grandfather, Abukar Omar, as the Director of the National Marine Transport in Somalia in the 1980’s and possibly earlier, serving in the government of then-President Siad Barre. Barre, who took power in 1969, originally governed the country as a Marxist-Leninist before switching his Cold War allegiances to the United States in the late 70’s.
Barre’s government is known as a prolific human rights abuser, persecuting the nation’s Isaaq tribe in a series of government sponsored killings that scholars have referred to as a “forgotten genocide.” Estimates of the civilian casualties of the Isaaq genocide range from 50,000 to 200,000 people.
Omar, who was a child at the time, has also described her family leaving Somalia in 1991, the very year that President Barre was overthrown from power in a revolution that continues to have a destabilizing effect on the East African nation to this day.
It’s of some public interest that a more thorough explanation of Akubar Omar’s duties as an official serving under Siad Barre be provided, especially considering the former Barre official was granted refugee status in the United States sometime after Barre was overthrown in Somalia’s 1991 Civil War.
Omar has described her family as understanding that they were “no longer welcome” in the country as a result of the civil war, a development that may very well have come as a result of her grandfather’s work as a nominally high-ranking government official under the Barre regime. Rep. Omar recounted an incident in which what seems to have been a family compound was placed under siege by rebels who vandalized the property in a 2016 profile with the Minneapolis City Pages.
Omar biographies also suggest that some of her aunts and uncles also worked as civil servants under Barre’s government.
An inquiry into Abukar Omar’s official duties as the Director of the National Marine Transport under Barre’s regime was sent to Omar’s press office, and the Congresswoman has yet to respond as of Wednesday night.
Ilhan Omar was also one of the few Democratic members of Congress to decline to formally vote to recognize the Armenian Genocide conducted by the Ottoman Empire after World War I, claiming the United States should be focusing on the legacy of slavery and persecution of Native Americans instead.
Certainly, one cannot be held to account for actions that their extended relatives engage in when they’re a child; but it’s quite rich that Omar has declined to account for her own grandfather’s seeming participation in a very real and historically documented “system of oppression” in any publicly known remarks on the family connection, while castigating American civilization for its supposed injustices.
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