Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said he was "appalled" that Sen. Rand Paul called for members of the media to report the name of the alleged Ukraine whistleblower at last night's Trump rally.
"I cannot stress just how wrong this is. We have federal whistleblower laws designed to protect the identity and safety of patriotic Americans who come forward to stand up for the Constitution,” Schumer said Tuesday on the Senate floor.
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER: There are members on the other side of the aisle, including senior members and chairs of committees, who spent their entire careers defending whistle-blowers and the laws that protect them and their families. Well, where are they now?
I was pleased to hear that my colleague, Senator Thune, spoke out and said whistle-blowers must be protected. I believe Senator Grassley said the same. They're both right.
But there should be bipartisan outrage at the public attempts by the president and a member of this body to expose the identity of a federal whistle-blower. You don't get to determine when our whistle-blower laws apply or they don't, whether you like what the whistle-blower said or you don't. They are laws.
This whistle-blower whose complaint was deemed credible in an urgent matter by a Trump appointee is protected by these statutes. Every single member of this body should stand up and say it is wrong to disclose his or her identity. Our rhetoric can sometimes be overheated, but I'm appalled by these developments. There's no other word for it.