While giving a speech on the floor of the Senate, Republican Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) read the name of the alleged whistleblower at the center of the House impeachment inquiry against President Trump.
“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 was referring to a question he submitted last week during President Trump’s impeachment trial that included the person’s name.
Supreme Court 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.
Paul, however, ignored Roberts and submitted his question on the Senate floor.
Roberts instead declined to read the question as submitted; it was the only question he formally rejected.
After Paul’s question was rejected, he published it on Twitter while arguing that it was “not about a ‘whistleblower’” because he doesn’t know for sure who it is.
The Guardians of Democracy is not naming the individual being targeted by Republicans.