Checkmate! Rand Paul Stops Resolution To Protect Whistleblower's Identity
Democrats are concerned because there is not a law that protects the identity of their whistleblower and Sen. Rand Paul just gave them reason to be concerned.
The Senate Minority Leader Sen. Charles Schumer and Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono introduced legislation to protect the identity of whistleblower on Wednesday.
“In normal times we would be protecting the whistleblower,” Sen. Hirono said. “That is what this resolution does.”
“The threats we have seen over the last few days are so egregious they demand bipartisan outrage from one end of this chamber to the other, whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, independent, liberal, moderate or conservative,” Sen. Schumer said.
“What’s happening here is another erosion of the values of this republic for political expediency,” he said.
He said that senators “send a message today that the Senate reaffirms our long-standing tradition about defending whistleblowers.”
The Senate rules state that any senator could introduce a bill to be passed, but also says that any senator could block it.
And that is precisely what Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who has become a defender of President Donald Trump, did.
“I support whistleblowers, and I do think they have a role to play in keeping government accountable … but what we have seen over the last few years is that we have a system that we should continue to refine,” he said.
He said that the Senate should pass the bill he introduced before theirs that would give President Trump the right to face his accuser.
“The bill I will introduce today will expand the whistleblower act [and] would be made retroactive so Edward Snowden can come home to live in his own country.
“All he did was expose that his government was not obeying the Constitution,” the Kentucky senator said.
But Sen. Hirono, a critic of the president who has been calling for his impeachment, was not interested in his proposal.
“My colleague’s bill was just dropped on my lap literally just now. I certainly haven’t had a chance to read through the bill,” she said.
“Come forward, but we’re going to out you, subject you to threats, intimidation, retaliation,” she said in describing Sen. Paul’s proposal.
Paul has threatened to reveal the name and identity of the whistleblower when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday.
“I’m more than willing to, and I probably will at some point,” the senator said. “There is no law preventing anybody from saying the name.”