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

Locally, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said he feels the whistleblower's identity is no longer needed in the impeachment inquiry. He tells Erie News Now he’s also not concerned about knowing who the whistleblower is. 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 largely led by Paul.

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

“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.

Both Toomey and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) have called for safeguards for whistleblowers.