During President Trump's impeachment trial Thursday, Chief Justice John Roberts refused to read a question submitted by Republican Senator Rand Paul. The reason, allegedly, is because the question named the whistleblower who filed the second-hand complaint about President Donald Trump's July 25, 2019 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Arguably, the reason the Senate is holding an impeachment trial is because of the complaint.
Paul published the question and stated it is not about the whistleblower, but instead about National Security Council staff.
My question today is about whether or not individuals who were holdovers from the Obama National Security Council and Democrat partisans conspired with Schiff staffers to plot impeaching the President before there were formal House impeachment proceedings.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 30, 2020
Interesting question:— Doug Stafford (@dougstafford) January 30, 2020
How does John Roberts know the name of the whistleblower?
We don’t. And the question wasn’t about that.
Considering the whistleblower complaint launched the impeachment process, don't senators and the American people deserve to know more? Even CNN's John King thinks so.
CNN's John King: "Republicans make a good point. The Whistleblower started all this. Why has the Whistleblower never been questioned? Shouldn’t the House Democrats have found a secure way to do that? It’s a legitimate point of debate." pic.twitter.com/lsutmBXBwJ— ALX ???? (@alx) January 30, 2020
Lead Democrat impeachment manager Adam Schiff has denied knowing or having contact with the person who filed the complaint, which is a lie.
Stunning that Adam Schiff lies to millions of Americans when he says he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower.— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) January 29, 2020
He absolutely knows the identity of the whistleblower b/c he coordinated with the individual before the whistleblower’s complaint! His staff helped write it!
White House attorney Patrick Philbin addressed the issue in the Senate chamber yesterday.
There are many questions and concerns about the alleged whistleblower and potential conflicts of interest.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 30, 2020
Democrats aren't answering any of them. pic.twitter.com/KLN3KmqZpO