Chief Justice John Roberts Shuts Down Rand Paul’s Question on Alleged ‘Whistleblower’

Glad to see Breitbart News report this as “alleged”.

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Lots of links. Two posts.

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Chief Justice John Roberts Shuts Down Rand Paul’s Question on Alleged ‘Whistleblower’

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: In this screengrab taken from a Senate Television webcast, Chief Justice John Roberts reads a question from a senator during impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol on January 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senators have 16 hours …

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JOSHUA CAPLAN

30 Jan 2020 Breitbart News

Supreme Court Justice John Roberts on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to pose questions regarding the so-called “whistleblower” — the individual who sparked the House Democrats’ partisan impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump — according to reports.

Politico and The Hill state Roberts indicated he would oppose reading Paul’s questions, as it is believed he would be forced to name or provide identifying information on the alleged individual. . . . .

. . . Roberts has not offered any legal argument for hiding the individual’s identity. As Breitbart News has repeatedly explained, the only statutory protection for people who submit whistleblower complaints is that the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG) cannot name him or her publicly:

Even left-wing mainstream media outlets—CNN, the New York Times , National Public Radio (NPR), and Reuters — determined that, certainly, no law prohibits President Donald Trump or members of Congress from disclosing the name of the leaker who sparked the impeachment inquiry. . . .

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Even Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) confirmed this fact by reading a passage from the Washington Post into the record of the House impeachment hearings which states: “That appears to be the lone statutory restriction on disclosing a whistleblower’s identity, applicable only to the inspector general’s office. We found no court rulings on whether whistleblowers have a right to anonymity under the ICWPA or related statutes.” . . .

. . . Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) asked President Donald Trump’s legal team if House Intelligence Committee staffers and the “alleged whistleblower were employed by or detailed to the National Security Council during the same time period between January 2017 and the present? Do you have reason to believe they knew each other?”

The . . . senators also asked if there is, “any reason to believe” that the so-called “whistleblower” and an Intelligence Community staffers “coordinated to fulfill their reported commitment to quote, ‘Do everything we can to take out the president,’ end quote?”

White House deputy counsel Patrick Philbin replied, “the only knowledge that we have, that I have of this, comes from public reports.”

“I gather there is a news report in some publication that suggests a name for the whistleblower, suggests where he worked, that he worked at that time while detailed of the NSC staff for then-vice president Biden and there were others who worked there,” Philbin added.

Later, Cruz, along with Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), asked if House Intelligence Committee Chairman and Lead Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff knew whether the alleged whistleblower worked “at any point for or with” former Vice President Joe Biden.

When it was Schiff’s turn to address the upper chamber, he claimed to not know who the “whistleblower” is or to have ever communication with him.

“I don’t know who the whistleblower is . . .

. . . However, as the New York Times reported, the “whistleblower” sought assistance from a House Intelligence Committee staffer with second-hand information regarding President Trump’s July 25 telephone all with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky — the basis of a complaint later submitted to the intelligence community.

The House Intelligence Committee chair has repeatedly denied that his staff assisted the “whistleblower” in any capacity. . .

. . . Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) . . . accused Schiff of lying about his contacts with the “whistleblower.”

Bold mine to emphasize the planned nature of this phony “impeachment” effort.

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Well, CJ Roberts made it clear not to include references to The Whistleblower before the questions began.

And Paul tried twice. I have to accept CJ Roberts right to reject the questions.

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CradleRC58 . . .

Well, CJ Roberts made it clear not to include references to The Whistleblower before the questions began.

And Paul tried twice. I have to accept CJ Roberts right to reject the questions.

Did the alleged “whistleblower” say this . . .

‘Do everything we can to take out the president,’

. . . Or didn’t he?

If he did, this needs to be looked into.

Here is the question Senator Paul asked . . . .

To the Manager Schiff and counsel for the President:

Manager Schiff and Counsel for the President, are you aware that House Intelligence Committee staffer Shawn Misko had a close relationship with Eric Ciaramella when at the National Security Council together, and are you aware and how do you respond to reports that Ciaramella and Misko may have worked together to plot impeaching the President before there were formal House impeachment proceedings?”

Perhaps it should be looked into but even if CJ Roberts would have allowed the question it would not have mattered as far as the outcome of this trial.

Just my opinion.

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I don’t understand what the problem is. The inspector general independently found the report credible.
If only Trump lovers could be a Whisleblower, put it in the statute

CradleRC58 . . .

. . . it would not have mattered as far as the outcome of this trial.

I think you are correct.

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