At a rally with President Donald Trump in Kentucky on Monday, Senator Rand Paul confronted the Trump-hating mainstream media and Democrats in Congress with their hypocrisy.
“We also now know the name of the whistleblower,” Paul said. “The whistleblower needs to come before Congress as a material witness because he worked for Joe Biden at the same time Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs.”
“I say tonight to the media,” the senator continued, “DO YOUR JOB AND PRINT HIS NAME!”
“We also now know the name of the whistleblower … I say tonight to the media: Do your job and print his name!" pic.twitter.com/79ApVPpGPT
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Paul praised the president for having “great courage. He faces down the fake media every day. But,” he added, “Congress needs to step up to have equal courage to defend the president.” This, Congress can and should do, he went on to say, by dragging the whistleblower into a room to testify.
Hilariously, the whistleblower’s attorney — Mark Zaid — pretends that Paul is “betray[ing] the interests of the Constitution and the American people” by calling for the whistleblower’s unmasking. “A member of Congress who calls for the identity of any lawful whistleblower to be publicly revealed against their wishes disgraces the office they hold and betrays the interests of the Constitution and the American people,” he told The Hill.
It doesn’t get more insane than that, of course. There is no special protection for whistleblowers in the Constitution. He has the same right to free speech as everybody else, and that’s about it. This means that he can also be called upon to back up his “speech” if doing so is deemed necessary — especially when his “whistleblowing” plays such a vital role in the impeachment of the president.
It goes without saying that Trump was delighted with Paul’s words. When the senator was finished, the president told the crowd, “Wow, that was excellent. Thank you.”
Truer words have seldom been spoken. Rand Paul did great. But now his fellow Republicans in Congress have to step up to the plate as well and join him in demanding full transparency. The whistleblower has to testify as a material witness and both sides of the political aisle have to be able to question him. Then, and only then, can the public and Congress itself make up their minds about the impeachment itself.