Rand Paul took a lot of flak yesterday for his demand to the media Monday night to “do your job and print his [the Ukraine-Gate whistleblower’s] name,” but the Kentucky senator took a more nuanced tack on Tuesday. Paul believes that the Sixth Amendment should prevail in any impeachment effort launched under the Constitution’s auspices, which means that Trump — or his defenders — should have the right to face his accusers. However, Paul wants the whistleblower subpoenaed to testify in another matter entirely:
Curiously, despite Paul’s admonition to the media, he doesn’t name the whistleblower in this interview either. Hmmmm. We’ll get back to the constitutional argument in a moment, which may or may not apply, but the second point is interesting too:
PAUL: Here is the second thing. Now that we now know who the whistleblower is, we know that the whistleblower was involved with Joe Biden at the time Hunter Biden was receiving all this money from a Ukrainian oligarch. So really, the whistleblower is a material witness as to the corruption with Hunter Biden and Joe Biden. So that whistleblower needs to come forward simply as a material witness, really having nothing to do with the fact that they are or are not the whistleblower.
So I think this person needs to be subpoenaed, and I suspect that it is going to happen. It’s going to be in the public, and that there will be a subpoena — at least an attempt to get a subpoena. And the question is, are the Democrats going to allow a process where we can discover the president wanting this information on Hunter Biden, whether or not there really was corruption involved.