Justice Roberts blocked Kentucky GOP Rep. Rand Paul from naming the whistleblower, source says but Sen. Paul may force the issue.
“I don’t want to have to stand up to try and fight for recognition,” Paul shouted, according to reporter Niels Lesniewski, who noted that Paul’s complaint was “audible from the galleries above the chamber.”
“If I have to fight for recognition, I will,” Paul said.
Sources say Roberts was told an attempt to censor any questions about the whistleblower in general would be rebuked by recorded Senate vote, at which point Roberts retreated and communicated that he would instead censor any mention of the whistleblower’s name.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 30, 2020
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Chief Justice Roberts blocked Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul from posing a question during the Senate impeachment trial that would have named the alleged whistleblower at the center of the episode, Fox News is told — and Paul may try to force the issue during the question-and-answer session that begins Thursday afternoon.
Roberts, for now, has ball control because he actually receives the questions in note cards from senators, then reads the question aloud in the Senate chamber to be answered by either House Democratic managers or Trump’s defense team. But, Fox News has learned Roberts may soon lose his grip on the proceedings amid a torrent of criticism both inside and outside the Senate.
The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis condemned what he called Roberts’ “arbitrary and unilateral censorship of senators and Senate business,” and reported that Roberts had initially sought to block even general questions of the intelligence community whistleblower. When Republicans threatened a vote rebuking Roberts on the record, Davis reported, Roberts backed down and decided only to prohibit mentioning the whistleblower’s name.
A reporter for Roll Call observed that during a break in the trial Wednesday, Paul was fuming. More
We’re not allowed to know who the so-called whistleblower is because it will expose Adam Schiff for the liar we all know he is. I think it’s time for American citizens to learn who this “whistleblower” really is. We deserve to know. Plus I’m pretty sure he does not fall under the criteria of a whistleblower. Sen. Paul should absolutely force the issue.
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Senator Paul clearly has a question that someone does not want him to ask. https://t.co/4Q2afVngwb
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) January 29, 2020
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