As Trump Applauded Approvingly, Rand Paul Urged Media To ‘Print’ Whistleblower Name

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 04: U.S. President Donald Trump looks on as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks during a campaign rally at the Rupp Arena on November 4, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. The President is visiting Kentucky a day before Election Day to support the reelection efforts of Republican Governor Matt Bevin. (Photo by Bryan Woolston/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump looks on as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks at a campaign rally on November 4, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Bryan Woolston/Getty Images)
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November 5, 2019 11:51 a.m.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) gave President Trump and his latest unprecedented gambit a full-throated endorsement at a campaign rally in Kentucky on Monday evening.

As he excoriated Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, for his business dealings in Ukraine while his father was veep, Paul called Hunter Biden’s actions the “definition of corruption.”

“We know he got it only because of his family connections,” Paul continued, with an approving Trump nodding and clapping behind him. “We also now know the name of the whistleblower. … I say tonight, to the media, ‘do you job and print his name!'”

The whistleblower complaint sparked the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s call with the president of Ukraine. The release of the whistleblower complaint helped reveal the pressure campaign orchestrated by Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani to push the Ukrainian government to drum up bogus allegations against Trump’s political rival.

Trump’s been pushing for weeks that the name of the whistleblower be made public, a war-cry widely condemned by even some of Trump’s most conservative allies, like Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). 

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