Graham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower'

Graham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report Graham: People should be fired over surveillance report findings GOP, Trump campaign rip CNN for coverage of Horowitz hearing MORE (R-S.C.) said on Wednesday that a Senate trial must reveal the identity of the whistleblower at the center of the House impeachment inquiry. 
 
 
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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 SchiffMcConnell, White House lawyer huddle on impeachment strategy House GOP lawmaker wants Senate to hold 'authentic' impeachment trial Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment 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 BidenSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' Democrat representing Pennsylvania district Trump carried plans to vote to impeach  MORE in any way."

Several Senate Republicans, including Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrGOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties North Carolina congressman says he won't seek reelection after redistricting Senate passes bipartisan bill to permanently fund historically black colleges 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.