Hurd: 'I think we should be protecting the whistleblower'

Hurd: 'I think we should be protecting the whistleblower'

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump visits a ventilator plant in a battleground state The Hill to interview Mnuchin today and many other speakers The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga says supporting small business single most important thing we should do now; Teva's Brendan O'Grady says U.S. should stockpile strategic reserve in drugs like Strategic Oil Reserve MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday the government “should be protecting” the whistleblower behind a complaint alleging President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump anti-reg push likely to end up in court Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel What does Joe Biden believe about NASA, space exploration and commercial space? MORE’s son, Hunter.

“I think we should be protecting the whistleblower,” Hurd, a former CIA officer, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday.

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“Having laws in place to ensure that folks throughout the government are able to get to the right committees information they think may be wrongdoing is important. There are troubling issues within the whistleblower report but they are allegations and I think that’s why we should explore these allegations through hearings,” he added.

Hurd was less skeptical than other congressional Republicans about the complaint being gleaned through second-hand sources, telling CBS’ Margaret Brennan, “I  was never in a terrorist organization but I collected a lot of intel on terrorist organizations and so being able to get information secondhand is not necessarily a bad thing.”

“I can’t speak to the veracity” of the complaint, he added, “but that’s why we bring people in and try to collect facts,” saying State Department officials, Trump’s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Moussaoui says he now renounces terrorism, bin Laden Democrats launch probe into Trump's firing of State Department watchdog, Pompeo MORE and Hunter Biden should all be called to testify.

Hurd demurred on whether he supported the impeachment inquiry House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWomen suffering steeper job losses in COVID-19 economy The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Crowds return during Memorial Day weekend Democratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies MORE (D-Calif.) announced last week but suggested it was simply a continuation of existing investigations in the House and calling it an inquiry was “wordplay” to assuage “the extreme wings of her party.”