Chief Justice Roberts Refuses To Ask Rand Paul's Question With Alleged Whistleblower's Name

Chief Justice John Roberts refuses to read Senator Rand Paul's question at Thursday's impeachment trial proceedings: "The presiding officer declines the question as submitted." Roberts also declined to read Paul's question yesterday, which also included the name of the alleged whistleblower. Sen. Paul tweeted his question: "Are you aware that House intelligence committee staffer Shawn Misko had a close relationship with Eric Ciaramella while at the National Security Council together and are you aware and how do you respond to reports that Ciaramella and Misko may have worked together to plot impeaching the President before there were formal house impeachment proceedings?" <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">and are you aware and how do you respond to reports that Ciaramella and Misko may have worked together to plot impeaching the President before there were formal house impeachment proceedings. 2/2</p>— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) <a href="https://twitter.com/RandPaul/status/1222950225020641281?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 30, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My question is not about a “whistleblower” as I have no independent information on his identity. My question is about the actions of known Obama partisans within the NSC and House staff and how they are reported to have conspired before impeachment proceedings had even begun.</p>— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) <a href="https://twitter.com/RandPaul/status/1222951600072859649?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 30, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">SPOX: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will "insist" on asking question about whistleblower after Supreme Court Justice John Roberts blocks</p>— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) <a href="https://twitter.com/joshdcaplan/status/1222936725955207169?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 30, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">John Roberts communicated to senators that he will not read aloud the alleged Ukraine whistleblower's name or otherwise publicly relay questions that might out the official, a move that's effectively blocked Sen. Rand Paul from asking a question. <a href="https://t.co/L84Z1qddwr">https://t.co/L84Z1qddwr</a></p>— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) <a href="https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1222734971032547328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 30, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChiefJusticeRoberts?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ChiefJusticeRoberts</a> declined to read 1st question today. It was posed by GOP Sen Rand Paul of Kentucky who had said he would try to expose the whistleblower in some fashion. 1st time the Chief refused to read a question.</p>— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) <a href="https://twitter.com/mitchellreports/status/1222947696652300288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 30, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">GOP KY Sen Rand Paul to hold presser momentarily, about his effort to get Chief Justice Roberts to read his question stating the whisteblower's name on the flr. Roberts: "The presiding officer declines to read the question as submitted."</p>— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChadPergram/status/1222947455316234240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 30, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>