Rand Paul just caused a stir by naming the alleged Whistleblower on the Senate floor.
Last week, Justice Roberts had blocked a question with the alleged Whistleblower’s name in it.
Per Fox News, When Republicans threatened a vote rebuking Roberts on the record, Davis reported, Roberts backed down and decided only to prohibit mentioning the whistleblower’s name.
A reporter for Roll Call observed that during a break in the trial Wednesday, Paul was fuming.
“I don’t want to have to stand up to try and fight for recognition,” Paul shouted, according to reporter Niels Lesniewski, who noted that Paul’s complaint was “audible from the galleries above the chamber.”
“If I have to fight for recognition, I will,” Paul said.
TheHill reports Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) read the name of the alleged whistleblower at the center of the House impeachment inquiry on the Senate floor Tuesday.
The public remarks marked the latest attempt by Paul to out the identity of the individual alleged to be the whistleblower. He submitted a question last week during President Trump’s impeachment trial that included the person’s name.
“I think they made a big mistake not allowing my question. My question did not accuse anybody of being a whistleblower,” Paul said from the Senate floor Tuesday.
Paul then read his question, while standing next to a sign that that reiterated the question. Paul submitted a question during last week’s two-day question-and-answer period that included the name of the alleged whistleblower.
Chief Justice John Roberts, who has been presiding over the impeachment trial, had privately indicated to Republicans that he would not read aloud Paul’s question.
The Kentucky Republican, however, forced the issue by submitting his question on the Senate floor. Because Roberts reads the senators questions, it would have put him in the position of publicly outing the individual.
Roberts instead declined to read the question as submitted; it was the only question he formally rejected.