Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) slammed the media for refusing to publish the name of the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower, despite it being one of the biggest open secrets in the Beltway. The Kentucky Republican also shot barbs at his GOP colleagues in Congress for not taking enough action to defend the president against the Democratic-led impeachment, according to the Washington Examiner.
"President Trump has great courage," Paul said during a Monday evening Trump rally. "He faces down the fake media every day. But Congress needs to step up and have equal courage to defend the president."
"We also now know the name of the whistleblower," he added. "The whistleblower needs to come before Congress as a material witness because he worked with Joe Biden at the same time Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs. I say tonight to the media, 'Do your job and print his name!' And I say this to my fellow colleagues in Congress, to every Republican in Washington, 'Step up and subpoena Hunter Biden and subpoena the whistleblower!"
The whistleblower was outed by RealClearPolitics' Paul Sperry last week as 33-year-old CIA employee Eric Ciaramella, whose attorneys would "neither confirm nor deny" that it was him.
Last month House Democrats launched impeachment proceedings against Trump based on Ciaramella's second-hand whistleblower complaint alleging that the president abused his office by asking Ukriane to investigate former VP Joe Biden and his son Hunter, along with other matters.