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 Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' House Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday the government “should be protecting” the whistleblower behind a complaint alleging President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump 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 GiulianiDemocrats see Mulvaney as smoking gun witness at Trump trial Pompeo lashes out at 'shameful' NPR reporter Trump legal team launches impeachment defense MORE and Hunter Biden should all be called to testify.

Hurd demurred on whether he supported the impeachment inquiry House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president 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.”