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

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

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdSunday shows - COVID-19 dominates as grim milestone approaches Former Texas GOP rep: Trump should hold very little or no role in Republican Party Former Rep. Will Hurd announces book deal MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday the government “should be protecting” the whistleblower behind a complaint alleging President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video 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 GiulianiMyPillow CEO says boycotts have cost him M Dominion targets MyPillow's Mike Lindell with .3B defamation suit Trump legal troubles may not be over despite Senate acquittal MORE and Hunter Biden should all be called to testify.

Hurd demurred on whether he supported the impeachment inquiry House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House House Republican attempts to appeal fine for bypassing metal detector outside chamber 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.”