Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said on Thursday that he does not think the identity of the whistleblower at the center of the House impeachment inquiry should be publicly disclosed.
Asked by reporters if he wanted the individual’s identity to be made public, Burr told reporters that he “never” thought that.
“We protect whistleblowers. We protect witnesses in our committee,” Burr added.
His comments come as President Trump and some of his allies on Capitol Hill have called for the whistleblower to come forward and for the individual’s name to be publicly released.
“[But] I think we should allow the president to know who the accuser is. And I think the whistleblower statute is being terribly abused here,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, told reporters earlier this week.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also called for the media to publicly out the whistleblower during a rally with Trump in Kentucky — to the consternation of many of his colleagues — telling reporters: “Do your job and print his name.”
Burr’s committee is reviewing the process behind the whistleblower complaint, the handling of which created a high-profile split within the administration.
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