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Trump's son tweets name of alleged anonymous whistle-blower who triggered impeachment inquiry

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump during a Halloween trick-or-treat event

"This attempt to name the whistleblower is simply revenge, outright punitive retribution and trying to discourage other whistleblowers in an administration that is so fraught with corruption there are bound to be other whistleblowers as well", said Sen.

Republicans accuse the whistleblower of being anti-Trump and cite how the informant contacted Schiff's panel on advice about filing a complaint. It can not be okay in our country for a United States president - any president - to go to a foreign leader and ask for help in his election.

"We'll see if he gives us any of our witnesses", Jordan told reporters on Thursday. "They certainly should not be subject to these kinds of vicious attacks".

This week, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy floated the possibility of moving Jordan to the Intelligence Committee this week.

Republicans say they've been told to submit a list of witnesses they'd like to call in the impeachment inquiry by Saturday - and one of President Donald Trump's top defenders says at the top of the list will be the whistleblower who first sounded the alarm about the president's posture toward Ukraine.

"It's up to the leader".

Republicans will now officially request a public testimony from the whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment inquiry. "It's up to Devin [Nunes]", Jordan said. The House Intelligence Committee this week released four transcripts.

Sen. Rand Paul, R. -Ky., on Wednesday blocked a resolution to reaffirm whistleblower protections, accusing Democrats of "selective outrage".

Paul, speaking onstage at President Trump's rally at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, referenced a report from Real Clear Investigations, which publicly revealed the whistleblower's name in October.

But the revelation by the President's son comes as the White House seeks to discredit the mounting impeachment effort in Congress against Mr Trump, painting it as driven by politics. "All he did was expose that his government was not obeying the Constitution", Paul said.