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President Donald Trump left listens as Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky. right speaks at a rally at Alumni Coliseum in Richmond Ky. Saturday Oct. 13 2018

Rand Paul Torches Media on ‘Whistleblower’ ‘Do Your Job and Print His Name’ 588AP

Donald Trump praised Republican Senator Rand Paul during a campaign rally in Kentucky on Monday after the lawmaker insisted that the media name the whistleblower in the Ukraine scandal, with the USA president calling the proposal "excellent".

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) initially voiced support to have the whistleblower testify since their complaint started the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

"Rand Paul said it really matters last night", Mika Brzezinski responded.

Paul suggested that his own bill would "make clear" that President Donald Trump has the right to face his accuser, and would increase protections for contractors like Edward Snowden.

"There is no Whistleblower".

Paul claimed at the rally that the whistleblower's identity is recognised, incorporating, "I say to the media, do your career and print his name". Paul states they now know the name of the whistleblower.

Mr Andrew Bakaj, the whistle-blower's lawyer, would not confirm or deny the reported name, but said Mr Trump Jr and others were endangering the person as well as the system built to protect whistle-blowers.

The whistleblower complaint is now at the heart of the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry, alleging President Trump force Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son for political gain. "But the Congress needs to step up to have equal courage to defend the president".

Joe Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to run against Trump, a Republican, in the election next year.

The whistleblower had beforehand exclusively been recognized in a report by The New York Instances as a male Central Intelligence Agency officer who was as soon as detailed to the White Home and possessed of in depth information of Ukrainian politics.

In testimony released on Tuesday, close Trump ally Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, admitted he had told a senior Ukraine official that the aid would not be released until Mr Zelensky fulfilled Mr Trump's demands.

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