Days after Republican Sen. Rand Paul called the for the Ukraine whistleblower’s identity to be made public, Senate Democrats attempted to pass an unanimous resolution to recognize the role of Congress and the Executive Branch to protect whistleblowers today.
Paul objected saying he wanted the Senate to pass his own bill that would apply whistleblower protections to Edward Snowden and allow President Trump to face his accuser.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said GOP calls to name the whistleblower are “wrong” and “dangerous” and outing them would send a “chilling message to future patriots.” He urged the Senate to pass this resolution to reaffirm a longstanding tradition to protect whistleblowers. These are laws that have existed “since the founding of our republic,” Schumer added.
After Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat of Hawaii, asked for unanimous consent, Paul objected. He then introduced his own bill, The Whistleblower Protection Act of 2019, which he said would provide retroactive protections for whistleblowers that could then be applied to defend Snowden, for example, and would ensure the president can have a right to address his accuser.
Paul said he isn’t objecting because he doesn’t support whistleblowers, but the system should be refined.
Hirono added in response that Paul is undermining whistleblower protections, which makes even just the name of his bill, The Whistleblower Protection Act, “appalling” and “laughable.”