“I say to the media: Do your job and print his name,” Sen. Rand Paul, (R-KY) said in an interview with Bret Baier on Fox News.
“I don’t wish harm on anyone. I’ve been the victim of political violence not once, but twice,” Paul said, noting 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.”
“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.”
“He was there under Joe Biden. He was there when Joe Biden was trying to fire the prosecutor… that was investigating Hunter Biden,” Paul claimed. “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.”
Bret 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,” Sen. Rand Paul responded. “I don’t think he should be fired.”