'Do your job': Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul demands media reveal whistleblower's identity

Sen. Rand Paul demanded the news media print the name of the whistleblower at the center of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump during a rally Monday night in Kentucky.

“We also now know the name of the whistleblower. The whistleblower needs to come forward as a material witness because he worked for Joe Biden at the same time Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs,” the Kentucky Republican said after being invited onto the stage by Trump, referring to unverified reports circulating through conservative outlets.

The whistleblower, whose identity has not been confirmed, is under federal protections from retaliation for disclosure of information. Laws protect the identities of people who bring forth accusations of wrongdoing by government officials.

To loud cheers from the audience, Paul continued: “I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name. And I say this to my fellow colleagues in Congress, to every Republican in Washington: Step up and subpoena Hunter Biden and subpoena the whistleblower!”

He tweeted the same declaration during the rally:

Trump and his Republican supporters in Congress insist that the impeachment process has been unfair. One of their primary complaints has been the whistleblower's anonymity. Trump called for the whistleblower to testify publicly earlier Monday. 

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Mark Zaid, an attorney for the whistleblower, said Sunday that his client would be willing to answer written questions from Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee without going through Democratic Chairman Adam Schiff.

On Paul's comments during Monday night's rally, Zaid said, "A member of Congress who calls for the identity of any lawful whistleblower to be publicly revealed against their wishes disgraces the office they hold and betrays the interests of the Constitution and the American people." 

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The president is accused of using military aid as leverage to pressure Ukraine into investigating Biden, the former vice president and a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. The whistleblower was told that Trump spelled out his demands in a phone call July 25 with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Contributing: William Cummings