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As reported by Politico...
"I'm going to ask that question again this morning because the Constitution does protect debate," Paul said. "I think they made a big mistake not allowing my question. My question did not talk about anybody who is a whistleblower, my question did not accuse anybody of being whistleblower, it did not make a statement believing that someone was a whistleblower. I simply named two people's names because I think it's very important to know what happened."
In using the person's name on the Senate floor, Paul went further than any other House or Senate Republican, even those who have fiercely demanded that Democrats unmask the whistleblower, who they accuse of starting the groundswell of charges that led to Trump's impeachment. When Paul sought to have Roberts read his question during a two-day round of inquiries — Roberts refused, saying, "The presiding officer declines to read the question."
Paul said Tuesday that he supports protections against reprisal for whistleblowers but not necessarily anonymity.
"In the first month of [Trump's] office, in January of 2017, they were already plotting the impeachment," he alleged. "And you say 'Well, we should protect the whistleblower, and the whistleblower deserves anonymity.' The law does not preserve anonymity. His boss is not supposed to say anything about him, he's not supposed to be fired. I'm for that." Read more.
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