Roberts declines to read Paul question on whistleblower

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul Courtesy: MGN Online

WASHINGTON (AP) – Chief Justice John Roberts has declined to read an impeachment trial question by Senator Rand Paul about the intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint led to the probe of President Donald Trump.

Paul, a Kentucky Republican, says he believes a whistleblower may have conspired with House aides in writing the August complaint that eventually sparked the House probe.

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As Trump’s impeachment trial continued Thursday, the chief justice read the question to himself, then declined “to read the question as submitted.”

Earlier, Roberts’ staff communicated to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s staff that Roberts did not want to read the whistleblower’s name.