GOP senator wants to know whistleblower identity if there's an impeachment trial

GOP senator wants to know whistleblower identity if there's an impeachment trial
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Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyDavis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump China sanctioning Rubio, Cruz in retaliatory move over Hong Kong The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Negotiators signal relief bill stuck, not dead MORE (R-Mo.) said on Thursday that he wants to know the identity of the whistleblower if there's an impeachment trial in the Senate, and that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE's team should be able to question them. 
 
"I can't control what goes on in the House, but if it comes over to the Senate and we have a trial I'm going to want to know who the whistleblower is," Hawley said during an interview on Missouri radio station KFTK. 
 
"How else are we going to evaluate the content and the truthfulness of these people if we don't know who they are? And by the way the president's team has a right to cross-examine these people under oath as part of any kind of trial and frankly I look forward to that," Hawley continued. 
 
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The whistleblower, and whether or not that person should be identified, has emerged as a rolling point of debate among Republicans. 
 
President Trump and some of his closest allies have called for the whistleblower to come forward publicly, arguing that the president should have the ability to confront his accuser. They also believe publicly identifying the individual would help reveal any potential political biases the person might have. 
 
 
 
But calls for the whistleblower to be publicly identified have also drawn fierce pushback from several GOP senators, who note that the whistleblower is protected under federal law.
 
 
The whistleblower is at the center of the House impeachment inquiry because of a complaint they filed raising concerns about Trump's request that the Ukraine government "look into" former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE and his son, Hunter Biden.
 
The House impeachment inquiry is also investigating if Trump tied aid to Ukraine to the country opening up a probe of the Bidens.