Rand Paul Uses The Constitution To Support Unmasking of Anti-Trump Whistleblower
Paul said the Sixth Amendment included the right of the accused to confront any accusers
Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul used the Constitution and the Sixth Amendment to support his argument with a reporter who challenged his efforts to reveal the identity of the whistleblower whose allegations sparked an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
Paul demanded that the press publishes the whistleblower’s name after taking the stage at Trump’s Monday rally in his home state.
Paul said the Sixth Amendment included the right of the accused to confront any accusers.
According to The DailyCaller: He suggested that allowing the whistleblower to remain anonymous would be a de facto denial of Trump’s Sixth Amendment rights.
Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham also argued that the whistleblower was not guaranteed anonymity, telling reporters:
“The whistleblower statute was never meant to give you anonymity. It was meant to allow you to come forward without being fired.”
In addition to calling for the identity of the whistleblower, Paul suggested that Republicans should dismiss the entire process as “a farce” if House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff refused to call Hunter Biden as a witness.
NewsThud reported Paul revealed that he might disclose the identity of the Ukraine whistleblower while speaking to a group of reporters and then doubled down on it later in the evening during an appearance on Fox News.
“I’m more than willing to, and I probably will at some point. … There is no law preventing anybody from saying the name,” Paul told reporters.
Question: "Your colleagues, Republicans, say that it's irresponsible and dangerous for your call to out the whistleblower."— The Hill (@thehill) November 5, 2019
Sen. Rand Paul: "You've heard of the Constitution, right? The Constitution has the Sixth Amendment." pic.twitter.com/IVWLmuTr0F
Sen. Lindsey Graham: "The whistleblower statute was never meant to give you anonymity." pic.twitter.com/rt67pie3Tl— The Hill (@thehill) November 5, 2019
Sen. @RandPaul: "If Shifty Schiff will not let Hunter Biden come, and if he will not bring the whistleblower forward, every Republican in Congress should take a walk and say 'This is a farce.'" pic.twitter.com/VZa3TTdWza— The Hill (@thehill) November 5, 2019
CNN reporter Suzanne Malveaux, apparently upset over the fact that Paul wanted transparency in Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, aggressively confronted Paul over the issue.
“The whistleblower laws they protect the whistleblower,” Malveaux said.
“You know it’s illegal to out a whistleblower?”
Paul immediately corrected her, saying, “Actually, you see, you’ve got that wrong.”
“No, we don’t,” Malveaux falsely claimed as she became agitated.
Paul later appeared on Fox News’ “Special Report” with host Bret Baier, who asked Paul:
“I referenced that tweet moments ago, Andrew Bakaj, the whistleblower’s attorney, ‘If Congress and others do not protect my client’s anonymity, which my client is afforded by the law, not only does it jeopardize their safety, but it jeopardizes an entire system that took decades to build. It will destroy effective Congressional oversight for years to come.’ Your response to that?”
“You know, I don’t wish harm on anyone. I’ve been the victim of political violence not once, but twice. I was there at the ballfield when Steve Scalise was almost killed.
A staff member was 10 feet from me, who was shot. I had six of my ribs broken by a hater of President Trump. So, I know what political violence is all about. I don’t want that, at all. But the report was — not correct, in the sense that the statute says, the Inspector General can’t reveal the name.
It says the president should enforce the law, but the person you quoted was disingenuous in what they were saying.
The statute says the Inspector General can’t reveal the name. There’s nothing that prevents me from saying it now, other than that I wanted to be more about the process and less about the person."