GOP Rep. Breaks From Trump, Calls For Protection Of Whistleblower ID

Republican Texas Rep. Will Hurd broke away from Trump and called for the protection of the whistleblower’s identity.

President Trump and other Republicans such as Sen. Rand Paul argued that whistleblower has to be identified if his or her testimony is the cornerstone of the House’s impeachment effort.

However, Rep. Will Hurd didn’t seem to think so. During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Hurd called for the whistleblower’s identity to be protected.

I think we should be protecting the identity of the whistleblower,” Hurd said. “I’ve said that from the very beginning, because how we treat this whistleblower will impact whistleblowers in the future.

On the other hand, Hurd agreed with the other Republicans that Rep. Adam Schiff should clarify his role in the whistleblower’s decision to come forward.

What was his engagement with the whistleblower before the information, the whistleblower’s allegations, were transmitted to Congress?” asked Hurd. “He has misled the American public earlier in the year on what he knew about or the contact he had with the whistleblower.

He added, “If you want to protect the identity of the whistleblower, I think it’s important for Chairman Schiff to answer questions about his interactions.

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