Feb 4, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Rand Paul reads alleged name of Ukraine whistleblower on Senate floor

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the alleged name of the Ukraine whistleblower on the Senate floor as senators debated President Trump's impeachment on Tuesday.

The state of play: Paul read aloud his question that named the alleged whistleblower — and had an accompanying poster that also included the name — which Chief Justice John Roberts refused to read during the impeachment trial last week.

  • The Kentucky senator has been at the forefront of the push to name the whistleblower for months — a fight that triggered a schism between stalwart Trump allies and moderates in the GOP.

What he's saying: Paul defended his decision to CNN's Manu Raju, arguing that he did not single out the alleged whistleblower with his floor speech: "I would say the chief justice did that. By not allowing the question, he's sort of confirming to the public who it is. I have no idea who it is."

  • "I think it's very important that we know if there was a concerted government plot to bring the president down by a lot of employees," he added.

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YouTube removes clip of Rand Paul reading alleged name of Ukraine whistleblower on Senate floor

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YouTube removed a video of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) reading the alleged name of the Ukraine whistleblower on the Senate floor as senators debated President Trump's impeachment earlier this month, Politico reports.

The state of play: The Kentucky senator has been at the forefront of the push to name the whistleblower for months — a fight that triggered a schism between Trump allies and moderates in the GOP.

Man charged with threatening Ukraine whistleblower's attorney

Attorney Mark Zaid. Photo: Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Federal prosecutors in Michigan have charged Brittan Atkinson for allegedly sending a threatening email to Mark Zaid, an attorney for the Ukraine whistleblower whose complaint launched the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Trump and his allies have rallied against the whistleblower, demanding their identity be made public — a call often fueled by right-wing media outlets, which have repeatedly amplified the whistleblower's alleged name.

Trump impeachment trial recap, day 9: Alexander sets up speedy acquittal

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Senators ended their two-day question-and-answer period on Thursday, the ninth day of President Trump's Senate impeachment trial.

The state of play: The biggest news happened off the Senate floor, as Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced after the session that he'd oppose calling additional witnesses. With that key swing vote off the table for Democrats, it sets up the president for a speedy acquittal — perhaps as early as late Friday night.