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 SchiffGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package House Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests 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 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 in any way."

 
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 McConnellMcConnell warns control of Senate 'could go either way' in November On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high McConnell: Time to restart coronavirus talks MORE (R-Ky.) nor Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLawmakers push Trump to restore full funding for National Guards responding to pandemic Bipartisan senators ask congressional leadership to extend census deadline Lawmakers of color urge Democratic leadership to protect underserved communities in coronavirus talks 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.