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

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

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Democrats claim new momentum from intelligence watchdog testimony Romney: Trump requesting Biden investigation from China, Ukraine 'wrong and appalling' MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday the government “should be protecting” the whistleblower behind a complaint alleging President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview Yang cautions Democrats: Impeachment might not be 'successful' Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment 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 GiulianiGiuliani asked State Dept. to grant visa for ex-Ukraine official at center of Biden allegations: report Overnight Energy: Trump taps deputy energy secretary to replace Perry | Praises pick Dan Brouillette as 'total professional' | Perry denies quid pro quo over Ukraine Ex-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump MORE and Hunter Biden should all be called to testify.

Hurd demurred on whether he supported the impeachment inquiry House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash Scrap House defense authorization provision benefitting Russia 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.”