Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is now one of Donald Trump’s biggest allies when it comes to the impeachment inquiry. In his latest bidding for the president, Paul called on the media last night to reveal the identity of the whistleblower (watch above). His “request” came as he stood next to Trump at a rally in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Washington Post writes:

Paul’s comments drew intense criticism from many who accused him of putting the anonymous U.S. intelligence officer in danger, a firestorm that turned the senator’s name into a top trending term on Twitter with more than 63,000 mentions.

USA Today opinion columnist Sophia Nelson says:

Let me be clear: Senator #RandPaul & the President of the United States are inciting others to violate the federal #TheWhistleblower Protection Act of 1989, 5 USC 2302 by demanding that this patriot be “uncovered”. It is a CRIME to do so!