Senator @RandPaul sends question to the desk during Impeachment Trial.
Chief Justice Roberts: “The presiding officer declines to read the question as submitted.” pic.twitter.com/CCeB33HnRP
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 30, 2020
According to reports this was Paul’s failed attempt to get Justice John Roberts to read the whistle blower’s name into the Senate record.
When that failed Paul went to step two.
Courtesy of the New York Daily News:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul publicly identified the alleged Ukraine scandal whistleblower Thursday after Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts refused to read a question he submitted at President Trump’s impeachment trial that included the person’s purported name.
After Roberts said he wouldn’t read the question “as submitted,” Rand left the Senate chamber to hold an impromptu press conference at which he fingered the person whom right-wing media have named as the CIA officer who filed a complaint about Trump’s infamous July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“How do you respond to reports that [the whistleblower] may have worked … to plot impeaching the president before there were formal House impeachment proceedings?” Paul said, reading from his rejected impeachment query.
The Daily News is not naming the person as his or her identity has not been publicly confirmed and federal law prohibits retaliation against government employees who file whistleblower complaints.
The conservative Republican claimed he was not seeking to out the whistleblower but was instead concerned about a tangled plot to undermine Trump by supposed adherents of former President Barack Obama.
Yeah, that’s bullshit.
And those “reports” that the whisle blower was plotting against Trump come directly from the fevered brains of Right Wing talk radio hosts, after being filtered through Fox News to give them more credibility.
Rand Paul has lost his last bit of integrity and is now nothing more than a member in good standing with the Trump Mafia crime syndicate.