Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has become one of the Ukraine whistleblower’s harshest critics on Capitol Hill. At a Trump rally last week, the senator told a Kentucky crowd that the media should do their jobs and publish the whistleblower’s name. And when a resolution came up in the Senate on Wednesday, aimed at reaffirming laws that protect government whistleblowers, Paul decided it was time to take a stand. He blocked the resolution and accused Democrats of “selective outrage.”
“I support whistleblowers,” Paul said, “and I do think they have a role to play in keeping government accountable … but what we have seen over the last few years is that we have a system that we should continue to refine.”
Paul’s objections were not necessarily to the laws currently on the books but to the Democrats’ refusal to take up whistleblower legislation he’d introduced earlier the same day. That legislation would have included language making it clear that President Trump has the right to face his accuser – a bill that would have opened the door to having the whistleblower testify in front of either the Senate or the House. Democrats rejected the legislation, which gave Paul no choice but to do the same with their resolution.
“The bill I will introduce today will expand the whistleblower act [and] would be made retroactive so Edward Snowden can come home to live in his own country. All he did was expose that his government was not obeying the Constitution,” Paul said.
In his own remarks on Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham supported Paul’s contention that the whistleblower should testify.
“It’s designed to protect you from being fired if you come forward,” Graham said of whistleblower laws. “It doesn’t give you anonymity. Nobody should be prosecuted based on an anonymous accusation. Impeachment is the political death penalty. Without the whistleblower complaint, none of this would be going on so I want to know who the person is.”
Graham, of course, knows as well as anyone that the whistleblower is CIA analyst Eric Ciaramella – an Obama administration holdover who worked closely with Joe Biden on matters relating to Ukraine.
Ciaramella, a registered Democrat, is aligned with attorney Mark Zaid, who has been tweeting for three years about the “coup” that will take President Trump down. From what we can see, Ciaramella is the picture of partisanship, and his initial complaint has details that bear little resemblance to the truth. Furthermore, since he had no firsthand knowledge of the call Trump had with Ukraine’s Zelensky, it could even be argued that he doesn’t qualify for whistleblower protections in the first place.
He’s about as worthless as the “anonymous” moron who’s got a book coming out about the Trump presidency this month, and he deserves an equivalent amount of respect.