WASHINGTON, DC — The question and answer session continues in President Donald Trump’s impeachement trial. But one potential question has already been squashed by Chief Justice John Roberts. Roberts has told senators he will not read the anme of the alleged Ukraine Whistleblower or otherwise read questions that might out the official. It’s a move that might hamper questions from Senator Rand Paul.
The Kentucky Republican — who is opposed to the impeachment proceedings against Trump — spoke with Spectrum News 1’s political anchor Michon Lindstrom ahead of Thursday’s hearing. He says his questions are about four people who worked with the Obama Administration and are now with the Trump Admininistration. He says he doesn’t know the name of the whistleblower, neither does the president’s defense team nor does House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), so he is questioning how Chief Justice Roberts knows the name of the whistleblower and can prevent the reading of names.
Roberts is allowed to screen senators’ questions before they are read on the Seante floor.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other top Republicans have said they also don’t want the whistleblower’s identity revealed.
Meanwhile, Friday is set to be the day to determine whether to call new witnesses. The Senate is already looking at the possibility of a tie. Paul said if witnesses are called it could be a lengthy process that could last until the November election. Paul says if the Democrats call a witness who is a “disgruntled employee fired by President Trump ,” he will support Trump and his team in calling anyone he wants. if there is a tie, the spotlight will be on Roberts. Senator Paul says he believes Republicans will get through the vote 51-49 and avoid Roberts having the responsibility for the trial.