Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., made an appearance on “Special Report with Bret Baier” on Tuesday. He defended his call for media outlets to reveal the name of the Ukraine call whistleblower, adding that they should come forward.
Paul was asked to respond to a tweet by the whistleblower’s attorney Andrew Bakhash, which said that if Congress does not protect his client’s “anonymity” their “safety” will be in jeopardized.
“I don’t wish harm on anyone. I’ve been the victim of political violence not once, but twice,” Paul said. He focused on the fact that he was on a Virginia baseball field in 2017 when a gunman shot Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and was left with broken ribs after an assault by a neighbor. “So I know what political violence is all about. I don’t want that at all.”
While at a rally in Lexington, Ky. Monday, Paul challenged the Ukraine whistleblower to testify, saying they were biased and that Democrats are trying to hide their identity.
“I say to the media: Do your job and print his name,” Paul said, referring to the whistleblower.
On Tuesday, Paul told Baier he was confident he knew who the whistleblower’s identity and said he could reveal the name.
“The statute says the inspector general can’t reveal the name. There’s nothing that prevents me from saying it now. Other than that, I want it to be more about the process and less about the person,” Paul said. “But there is no law that prevents me from mentioning the name of who’s been said to be the whistleblower.”
At Monday’s rally in his home state, Paul also criticized Hunter Biden for obtaining lucrative roles with companies despite having no relevant expertise while his father, as senator and vice president, pushed legislation affecting those companies.
The Kentucky senator continued to focus on Biden Tuesday, saying that that it was unfair President Trump was being investigated and the Bidens were not.
Paul also noted that he believed the whistleblower was “a material witness to the potential Biden corruption.”
“He was there under Joe Biden. He was there when Joe Biden was trying to fire the prosecutor… that was investigating Hunter Biden,” Paul said. “So this person was a Ukrainian expert on the desk at that time. I think he should be interviewed not as the whistleblower, but as a material witness to the Biden corruption in Ukraine.”
Baier pressed Paul on his past defense of whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.
“Yes, the whistleblower statute should protect people,” Paul said.
“Only the whistleblowers that you like?” Baier asked.
“No, they should protect him. I want Edward Snowden protected. So he’s not executed. I want him protected.
“What about this guy?” Baier asked.
“I don’t want him executed either,” Paul responded. “I don’t think he should be fired.”
Written by Rich Stevenson
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