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Graham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower'

Graham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower'
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"I will not accept a trial in the Senate until I know who the whistleblower is," Graham said. 
 
Trump and his allies for weeks have been clamoring for the disclosure of the whistleblower's identity. Trump, and some GOP lawmakers, have even called for the media to disclose the person's name. 
 
The whistleblower's claim, which is tied to Trump's dealings with Ukraine, has driven the weeks-long impeachment inquiry, though House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn Trump pardons Michael Flynn MORE (D-Calif.) has signaled that the individual does not need to testify.

Graham, during the Fox News interview, questioned if the whistleblower was "connected to Joe BidenJoe BidenGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Senate approves two energy regulators, completing panel Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race MORE in any way."

Several Senate Republicans, including Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrNorth Carolina — still purple but up for grabs North Carolina's Mark Walker expected to announce Senate bid Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report MORE (R-N.C.), have spoken out against revealing the whistleblower's identity, noting that the individual is protected under federal law. 
 
Graham's call for the whistleblower to be named as part of any Senate impeachment trial comes after House Democrats rejected an effort by House Republicans to call the whistleblower and Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden's son, as witnesses in the public House impeachment inquiry hearings taking place this week and next.
 
The Senate passed a resolution 100-0 back during the Clinton impeachment trial that established the procedure for filing motions, how long senators would have to ask questions and how witnesses would be called.
 
But a second resolution specifying which individuals would be called as witnesses faltered along party lines.
 
Neither Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate approves two energy regulators, completing panel On The Money: Biden announces key members of economic team | GOP open to Yellen as Treasury secretary, opposed to budget pick | GAO: Labor Department 'improperly presented' jobless data Senate GOP open to confirming Yellen to be Biden's Treasury secretary MORE (R-Ky.) nor Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases The five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden Collins urges voters to turn out in Georgia runoffs MORE (D-N.Y.) has indicated who they believe should be called as witnesses. They also haven't started negotiating on a potential deal for the rules of the impeachment trial. 
 
The House is investigating whether or not Trump withheld aid to Ukraine in an effort to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into Joe Biden and his son.