Kentucky Senator Rand Paul believes President Donald Trump is right: Americans should know the identity of the intelligence community whistleblower who sparked an impeachment inquiry.
“Ultimately, if someone’s going to accuse you of something that’s going to bring down a presidency, I think we deserve to know who that person is,” Paul told reporters in Kentucky. “I think there are reasons to have whistleblower statutes, and have anonymity. But if you’re accusing somebody of something with the ramifications of impeachment, I think really the person ought to come forward.”
Trump has also called for outing the whistleblower, who is reportedly a male CIA agent, tweeting again on Tuesday that he wants to interrogate the individual, as well as anyone who provided him with information.
The president told reporters on Monday that the White House is “trying to find out” who this person might be.
Not all Republicans are on board with the notion of outing the whistleblower, however.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Tuesday that the individual deserves protection.
“This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected. We should always work to respect whistleblowers’ requests for confidentiality,” Grassley said.
Grassley is the chairman of the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus.