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Rand Paul reads the question he was forbidden from asking in Senate trial

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was blocked a second time from asking a question of House impeachment managers and defense counsel during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Thursday, so he held a press conference where he read it out loud to the media.

What are the details?

On Wednesday, multiple reports claimed Chief Justice John Roberts — who is presiding over the trial in the upper chamber — blocked a question from Paul because Roberts refused to read the name of the alleged whistleblower whose account of a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksi was used as the basis for House Democrats' investigation.
Again on Thursday, Paul's question was blocked. He told the press afterward, "As you may have noticed, we had something slightly atypical downstairs. I asked a question, and the question was refused. Now, it's been reported that this question's about this, or about that, and it's been refused for one reason or another."
"I can tell you," Paul continued, "my question made no reference to any whistleblower."
Paul read the question aloud, "so that," he said, "it could be part of the public record":
Manager Schiff and Counsel for the President: 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 the formal House impeachment proceedings?
"I think this is an important question. One that deserves to be asked," Paul told reporters. "It makes no reference to anybody who may or may not be a whistleblower."
Paul went on to note that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) claims to have no knowledge of the whistleblower's identity, and says if Schiff "has no knowledge, then the rest of us can have no knowledge of who the whistleblower is." 

Anything else?

RealClearPolitics named Ciaramella as the alleged whistleblower months ago, and Sen. Paul has long called for the media to expose the whistleblower's identity and called for the individual to testify.
But, as the Washington Examiner has reported, while "Republicans and conservative media figures believe CIA analyst Eric Ciaramella, a former official on the National Security Council, is the whistleblower," the identity of the whistleblower has not been confirmed.

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