On Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan revealed that Republican lawmakers will subpoena the so-called “whistleblower” to testify publicly. Democrats have argued the so-called “whistleblower” is no longer a key witness to their impeachment inquiry and must not be named due to the Whistleblower Protection Act.
This comes in response to the House Democrats who have continued to push their partisan impeachment investigation into President Trump. RealClearInvestigations has reported the whistleblower is most likely CIA analyst Eric Ciaramella.
Senator Rand Paul says Democrats need to get their facts right because the whistleblower may certainly be named and obligated to testify; only the Inspector General cannot reveal the identity of the whistleblower, but there is no law preventing Republicans from revealing his or her identity and filing a subpoena so the whistleblower must testify as a witness.
“I’m more than willing to, and I probably will at some point,” Paul told reporters on Tuesday. “There is no law preventing anybody from saying the name.”
At President Trump’s Monday rally in Kentucky, Paul, referring to the so-called “whistleblower,” urged the establishment media to “do your job and print his name.”
Other top Republicans on the hill concur with the Kentucky senator. “The whistleblower statute never required for anonymity,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said this week.
Ciaramella joined the National Security Council in 2015 and has worked with former Vice President Joe Biden, now the 2020 Democrat White House frontrunner. The CIA analyst departed the NSC in 2017 amid suspicion that he leaked information to the media.
Jordan has reportedly notified Republicans that they have until Saturday to provide a list of witnesses they wish to interview as part of the impeachment inquiry. The developments come as House Republican leadership considers installing Jordan on the House Intelligence Committee ahead of the House’s public impeachment hearings next week. “If Democrats are going to turn Intel into the impeachment committee, I am going to make adjustments to that committee accordingly, for a short period of time,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Politico.
Question: "The whistleblower laws protect the whistleblower. You know it's illegal to out a whistleblower?"
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