FoxNews.com reports that
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., appeared on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Tuesday and defended his call for media outlets to reveal the name of the Ukraine call whistleblower, adding that they should come forward.
Paul was asked to respond to a tweet by whistleblower attorney Andrew Bakhash, which stated that if Congress does not protect his client’s “anonymity” their “safety” will be jeopardized.
“I don’t wish harm on anyone. I’ve been the victim of political violence not once, but twice,” Paul said, noting he was on a Virginia baseball field in 2017 when a gunman shot Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and was left with broken ribs after an assault by a neighbor. “So I know what political violence is all about. I don’t want that at all.”
At a rally in Lexington, Ky. Monday, Paul called on the Ukraine whistleblower to testify, saying they were biased and that Democrats are trying to hide their identity.
“I say to the media: Do your job and print his name,” Paul said, referring to the whistleblower.
On Tuesday, Paul told Baier he was confident he knew who the whistleblower was and said he could reveal the name if he wanted to.
“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 want it to be more about the process and less about the person,” Paul said. “But there is no law that prevents me from mentioning the name of who’s been said to be the whistleblower.”
At Monday’s rally, Paul also slammed Hunter Biden for obtaining lucrative roles with companies despite having no relevant expertise while his father, as senator and vice president, pushed legislation affecting those companies. The senator continued to focus on Biden Tuesday, saying that that it was unfair President Trump was being investigated and the Bidens were not.
Paul also put forth that he believed the whistleblower was “a material witness to the potential Biden corruption.”
“He was there under Joe Biden. He was there when Joe Biden was trying to fire the prosecutor… that was investigating Hunter Biden,” Paul claimed. “So this person was a Ukrainian expert on the desk at that time. I think he should be interviewed not as the whistleblower, but as a material witness to the Biden corruption in Ukraine.”
Baier pressed Paul on his past defense of whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.
“Yes, the whistleblower statute should protect people,” Paul said.
“Only the whistleblowers that you like?” Baier asked.
“No, they should protect him. I want Edward Snowden protected. So he’s not executed. I want him protected.
“What about this guy?” Baier asked.
“I don’t want him executed either,” Paul responded. “I don’t think he should be fired.”
I am sure that Senator Rand Paul is speaking about the individual who was revealed as the Whistleblower a week ago on RealClearInvestigations.com as Eric Ciaramella.
Federal documents reveal that the 33-year-old Ciaramella, a registered Democrat held over from the Obama White House, previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump who helped initiate the Russia “collusion” investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
Further, Ciaramella (pronounced char-a-MEL-ah) left his National Security Council posting in the White House’s West Wing in mid-2017 amid concerns about negative leaks to the media. He has since returned to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
Earlier today, Fox News’ Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume tweeted the following concerning Sen. Paul’s original call for the Media to reveal the Whistleblower’s name.
He says he knows who it is. So why doesn’t he do it?
Which brings up the question, if it is Sen. Paul’s job to publicly identify Ciaramella as the Whistleblower…then what is the job of “broadcast journalists” such as yourself, Mr. Hume?
It honestly amazes me as to the number of respected individuals within the Beltway who seem to deem that following Washingtonian Status Quo Protocol to be more important than protecting the rights of a United States President who has literally brought our country back from the edge of an economic abyss.
I do not care if these “broadcast journalists” like the President or not, they should at least have the journalistic integrity (which is probably a contradiction in terms nowadays) to seek the truth…even if they themselves are violating the Protocol of the Washingtonian Elite who are eager to hold onto the Status Quo.
The Whistleblower needs to be called in to testify before the Senate and, while he sits there, one of the Senators needs to read a transcript of the Ukrainian Call, getting both his answers and the transcript of the phone call on record.
Senator Rand Paul is right.
It is time for the Republicans to launch as strong offensive in defense of President Trump, the man who made THEM relevant again.
Our country’s future depends on it.
Until He Comes,