Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday, Nov. 5, that he was “appalled” at a Republican senator’s call to identify the whistleblower who helped trigger the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Monday took the stage at President Trump’s rally at the Rupp Arena in Kentucky to demand the media unveil the identity of the still-unknown whistleblower.

“We also now know the name of the whistleblower. The whistleblower needs to come forward as a material witness because he worked for Joe Biden at the same time Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs,” Paul said, referring to a report from Real Clear Investigations, which publicly revealed the alleged whistleblower’s name in October.

“I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name,” Paul shouted at the press during the rally.

One day later, Schumer used his speech on the Senate floor condemning Rand Paul.

“A rhetoric can sometimes be overheated, but I’m appalled by these developments,” Schumer said, adding that there are “no other words for it.”

Schumer said the federal whistleblower laws were designed to protect the identity and the safety of whistleblowers.

However, Paul took to Twitter late Tuesday to argue, “Whistleblowers are guaranteed protection from the repercussion of being fired, but the statute does not forbid anyone, other than the Inspector General, from revealing the whistleblower’s name.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, echoed these views.

In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Graham said he believes the whistleblower statute has become a dangerous tool in the wrong hands, because it is designed to keep somebody from being fired if they report corruption, but never designed to keep somebody anonymous.

Graham said, “Impeachment is the political death penalty,” but it is based on the anonymous source, so “we need the whistleblower’s name, we need who they are.”

Speaking to reporters on the same day, Graham said, “I don’t think the president of the United States needs to be impeached based on an anonymous complaint.”

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