GOP senator wants to know whistleblower identity if there's an impeachment trial

Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyGOP senator wants to know whistleblower identity if there’s an impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: California AG reveals Facebook investigation | McConnell criticizes Twitter’s political ad ban | Lawmakers raise concerns over Google takeover of Fitbit | Dem pushes FCC to secure 5G networks Critics fear Google’s power in Fitbit deal MORE (R-Mo.) said on Thursday that he wants to know the identity of the whistleblower if there’s an impeachment trial in the Senate, and that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump encounters GOP resistance to investigating Hunter Biden Trump’s 2016 team sounds alarm as Democrats make gains Whistleblower lawyer sends cease and desist to White House over Trump’s attacks MORE‘s team should be able to question them. 

 

“I can’t control what goes on in the House, but if it comes over to the Senate and we have a trial I’m going to want to know who the whistleblower is,” Hawley said during an interview on Missouri radio station KFTK. 

 

“How else are we going to evaluate the content and the truthfulness of these people if we don’t know who they are? And by the way the president’s team has a right to cross-examine these people under oath as part of any kind of trial and frankly I look forward to that,” Hawley continued. 

 

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The whistleblower, and whether or not that person should be identified, has emerged as a rolling point of debate among Republicans. 

 

President Trump and some of his closest allies have called for the whistleblower to come forward publicly, arguing that the president should have the ability to confront his accuser. They also believe publicly identifying the individual would help reveal any potential political biases the person might have. 

 

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump encounters GOP resistance to investigating Hunter Biden GOP senator wants to know whistleblower identity if there’s an impeachment trial Rand Paul warns he could oppose impeachment trial rules if it limits witnesses MORE (R-Ky.), for example, has urged the media to disclose the name of the whistleblower and told reporters separately that he “probably will” disclose the name. 

 

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump encounters GOP resistance to investigating Hunter Biden GOP senator wants to know whistleblower identity if there’s an impeachment trial Senate Intel chair doesn’t want whistleblower’s identity disclosed MORE (R-S.C.), a close ally of Trump’s, has argued that the name should be disclosed, telling reporters that he believes the “whistleblower statute is being terribly abused here.” 

 

But calls for the whistleblower to be publicly identified have also drawn fierce pushback from several GOP senators, who note that the whistleblower is protected under federal law.

 

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrGOP senator wants to know whistleblower identity if there’s an impeachment trial Senate Intel chair doesn’t want whistleblower’s identity disclosed Graham wants Senate panel to probe State Department over Bidens MORE (R-N.C.) told reporters on Thursday that he did not believe the individual’s name should be public.

 

The whistleblower is at the center of the House impeachment inquiry because of a complaint they filed raising concerns about Trump’s request that the Ukraine government “look into” former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump encounters GOP resistance to investigating Hunter Biden Whistleblower lawyer sends cease and desist to White House over Trump’s attacks GOP senator wants to know whistleblower identity if there’s an impeachment trial MORE and his son, Hunter Biden.

 

The House impeachment inquiry is also investigating if Trump tied aid to Ukraine to the country opening up a probe of the Bidens.

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