Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), speaking on Wednesday at a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee on impeachment, stated the name of a person whom Republicans believe is the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
The Texas lawmaker stated the person’s name while prattling off a listing of witnesses he declared should have been called in the impeachment inquiry.
“Now that we have the articles of impeachment — a vague abuse of power, obstruction of Congress — the very things the majority has done in preventing us from having the witness that could shed light on this, not opinion but fact witnesses, we need to hear from those witnesses,” Gohmert said. He then continued to state a list of names of witnesses he wanted to testify which included the person claimed to be the whistleblower.
TPF News Now is not reporting the name of the whistleblower, in accordance with the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA), Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), and Enhancement of Contractor Protection from Reprisal (41 U.S.C. § 4712).
In his remarks, Gohmert did not explicitly identify the person as being the whistleblower. Democrats on the panel did not immediately respond to the remark.
Democrats have repeatedly urged Republicans not to speak the name of anyone believed to be the whistleblower, citing legal privacy and safety issues. Gohmert was the first to do so.