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 SchiffA new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign Officers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe 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 BidenGOP report on COVID-19 origins homes in on lab leak theory READ: The .2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE in any way."

Several Senate Republicans, including Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenate starts infrastructure debate amid 11th-hour drama The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill 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.
 
 
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.