Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he may disclose the name of the whistleblower who raised concerns about President Trumps contacts with Ukraine, leading to the House impeachment inquiry, The Hill reported.
According to the publication, Paul said hes “more than willing” to name the unknown individual and “probably will at some point,” adding that there is “no law preventing anybody from saying the name.”
The Kentucky senator also spoke to Fox Newss Bret Baier on Tuesday, again suggesting that he may publicly release the whistleblowers name.
It came shortly after a Twitter post by the whistleblowers attorney Andrew Bakaj, which warned his clients safety would be jeopardized if Congress does not protect his anonymity.
The tweet read: “If Congress and others do not protect my clients anonymity—which my client is afforded to by law—not only does it jeopardize their safety, but it jeopardizes an entire system that took decades to build. It will destroy effective Congressional oversight for years to come.”
In response to the tweet, Paul told Baier he doesnt “wish harm on anyone,” drawing on his own personal experience of being the “victim of political violence,” and noting that he was on a Virginia baseball field in 2017 when a gunman shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La).
He added that he had also been left with six broken ribs after an assault by an individual who “hated President Trump,” saying: “So I know what political violence is all about. I dont want that at all.”
“Theres nothing that prevents me from saying it now other than I want it to be more about the process and less about the person. But theres no law that prevents me from mentioning the name of whos been said to be the whistleblower,” Paul added.
When questioned by Baier about why he didnt go to the Senate floor and give a speech disclosing the name of the alleged whistleblower, Paul said: “I can, and I may, but I can do it right now if I want. Nothing stops me.”
Pauls comments come just days after he demanded media and lawmakers reveal the identity of the whistleblower and claimed that Congress was aware of the persons identity.
“We also now know the name of the whistleblower, and the whistleblower needs to come before Congress as a material witness because he worked for Joe Biden at the same time that Hunter Biden was getting money from corrupt oligarchs,” he said.
During his speech, Paul also called upon Congress to defend the president in the ongoing impeachment investigation, led by Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).