Though Democrats have moved to shield the identity of the whistleblower who is responsible for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King said Thursday Republicans have “a legitimate point” in wanting to question the person.
Throughout the House’s impeachment inquiry earlier this fall, Democrats repeatedly blocked any public references to the whistleblower, who is believed to be an employee with the CIA.
Earlier this week, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who is officiating the Senate impeachment trial, rejected a question submitted by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) seeking to identify the whistleblower, in accordance with the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution — allowing the accused, President Trump, to face his accuser.
“Republicans make a good point,” King admitted Thursday during prime time programming.
“The whistleblower started all this. Why has the whistleblower never been questioned? Shouldn’t the House Democrats have found a secure way to do that? It’s a legitimate point of debate,” he said.
Paul, during proceedings Wednesday, said, “My question today is about whether or not individuals who were holdovers from the Obama National Security Council and Democrat partisans conspired with Schiff staffers to plot impeaching the President before there were formal House impeachment proceedings.”
Paul then tweeted out his full question.
“My exact question was: Are you aware that House intelligence committee staffer Shawn Misko had a close relationship with [the alleged whistleblower] while at the National Security Council together and are you aware and how do you respond to reports that [the alleged whistleblower] and Misko may have worked together to plot impeaching the President before there were formal house impeachment proceedings.”
When Roberts received Paul’s question Thursday, he told the Senate, “The presiding officer declines to read the question as submitted.”
President Trump’s legal team has also regularly broached the subject of the whistleblower’s previous political connections, reportedly to 2020 Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden.