WASHINGTON, D.C. - The debate continues in Washington over whether the whistleblower’s identity should be revealed.  

Locally, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y., Senate Minority Leader) is calling for increased safeguards to protect the whistleblower. That’s despite a big push by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican, to reveal that person’s identity.

Senate Republicans this week rejected a resolution to protect the unknown tipster, an effort led largely by Paul.

It comes ahead of the first public hearings in the inquiry next week.

“We’re going down a dangerous road when members of this body are refusing to stand up for our nation’s laws, particularly those laws that enforce rule of law,” Schumer said during a Senate floor speech this week.

Meanwhile, some GOP senators, including Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey, are saying they are no longer interested in knowing who the whistleblower is because depositions and testimony from top officials are now public.

“All of that is not terribly relevant anymore because we’ve got the actual content of the controversial conversation and that’s more important than a third-hand account of it,” Toomey said.