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Rand Paul Slams the Bidens over Alleged Corruption: ‘It Smells to High Heaven’

Rand Paul Slams the Bidens over Alleged Corruption: ‘It Smells to High Heaven’Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said Thursday that Joe and Hunter Biden’s activity in Ukraine “goes to the heart of the matter” surrounding the upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate, and argued that GOP senators must be willing to call President Trump’s preferred witnesses, or “all hell is going to break lose.”Appearing on Hannity, Paul stated that he believed the alleged corruption perpetrated by Hunter Biden in his role on the board of a Ukrainian gas company Burisma — while his father was overseeing official U.S. relations with Kyiv —needed to be explored.“If the president is being accused of withholding foreign aid, and his argument is, ‘Well, we were studying corruption, and we wanted to know about corruption in Ukraine,’ and I think the Bidens are as corrupt as the day is long,” Paul argued. “No young man who is the son of a politician gets $ 50,000 a month who has no experience, working for a Ukrainian oligarch. You know, for goodness sakes — it smells to high heaven. It smells like corruption."Paul pointed to bias in the media as the reason why the issue has not been more thoroughly explored. In its Friday release of an interview with Joe Biden, The New York Times editorial board opened by saying “There is no indication that you or your son did anything wrong or were part of any corruption in Ukraine.”“Every day on the mainstream media, they say, ‘Oh, there’s no there there. This has been investigated. There is no corruption.’ I think the American people don’t buy it,” Paul told Hannity. “Here’s the thing: Fair is fair. If they’re going to put the president through this, they’re going to have to have witnesses on both sides.”The Kentucky Republican, who earlier this week threatened fellow Republican senators with consequences if they did not bring forward Trump-favored witnesses, reiterated his point Thursday night, saying his “fear” is that “if people play games with the witnesses . . . I think all hell is going to break lose.”“If it turns out and the Republican base sees that this only looks like Democrat witnesses and no presidential witnesses, I guarantee that the Republican base will punish those people who set up that kind of scenario,” Paul stated.



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Rand Paul Warns Republicans of Electoral Consequences if They Back Dem Witnesses But Refuse to Call Hunter Biden

Rand Paul Warns Republicans of Electoral Consequences if They Back Dem Witnesses But Refuse to Call Hunter BidenSenator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) warned fellow caucus members that voting against subpoenaing President Trump’s preferred witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial would be tantamount t0 “voting to lose your election.”“If you don’t want to vote and you think you’re going to have to vote against Hunter Biden, you should just vote against witnesses, period,” Paul said, adding that his “first preference” would be a trial with no witnesses.“. . . If they insist on having people like Bolton coming forward, my insistence will be not just one witness. But that the president should be able to call any witnesses that he deems necessary to his defense,” Paul stated.> My colleagues can’t have it both ways. Calling for some, while blocking others. If we are going to give a platform to witnesses the Dems demand, I look forward to forcing votes to call Hunter Biden and many more! t.co/hrOzVyiG9x> > — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 14, 2020Last week, McConnell signaled that Republicans, who hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, had secured the minimum 51 votes required to move forward with a trial mirroring that of former president Bill Clinton, in which a vote to call witnesses took place after opening arguments. But a vote to allow witnesses to be called seems likely, after GOP leadership suggested Republicans “generally are not interested in the motion to dismiss.”Paul said he believed an immediate dismissal was destined to fail, saying “there might be 10” Republicans who want to call witnesses.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democrats have been clamoring to allow witnesses like John Bolton to testify. They've also argued that newly released documents should be admitted to illuminate Rudy Giuliani and Lev Parnas's attempts to oust former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.



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'I got a lot of problems': Rand Paul airs his impeachment grievance as part of Seinfeld's 'Festivus'

'I got a lot of problems': Rand Paul airs his impeachment grievance as part of Seinfeld's 'Festivus'The Republican senator from Kentucky took to Twitter Monday morning to air silly and semi-serious grievances as part of the made-up holiday.



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Rand Paul: There Was a ‘Red Wave’ in Kentucky Despite Matt Bevin’s Loss

Rand Paul: There Was a ‘Red Wave’ in Kentucky Despite Matt Bevin’s LossSen. Rand Paul (R-KY) rejects the notion that Matt Bevin’s recent loss in the Kentucky governor’s race reflected poorly on President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, instead claiming that there was a “red wave” in the state.Paul, who campaigned for Bevin alongside Trump right before last week’s election, was asked by Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd on Sunday morning whether the GOP incumbent governor’s defeat could be a sign of things to come for Republicans.“When you look at all the races, there were six statewide races,” the Kentucky lawmaker retorted. “We won five out of six, Republicans won five out of six.”“We did lose the governor’s race,” he continued. “We were disappointed in it but the interesting thing is we beat a lot of candidates that no one expected us to. So actually, in many ways, there was a sort of a red wave in Kentucky.”Trump Told Kentucky’s Voters to Make the Election About Him. They Did, and He’s Fucked.Pointing to Bevin’s loss in a highly Republican state like Kentucky, Paul said the far-right governor was likely defeated due to the fact that “teachers were unhappy.”“I think he was trying to do the right thing, which is to save the pensions for the teachers,” Paul declared. “But it’s tough when you ask people to pay more to keep their pension in place, people get unhappy.”Todd would go on to ask the senator if he thought it was a mistake for Bevin to nationalize the race and make it about Trump and impeachment, prompting Paul to wave that off.“You know, a lot of candidates do that because we have conservative voters in Kentucky who elect them because they’re socially conservative and I don’t think it’s a bad strategy necessarily,” the Republican senator said. “They support President Trump. He had other things to overcome. One thing was the anger of the teachers.”During the election-eve campaign rally he held for Bevin last week, the president told his supporters that if Bevin were to lose it would be reported as if he “suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world.”“You can’t let that happen to me!” Trump exclaimed at the end.Don Jr. Distances Dad From Kentucky Governor’s Race: ‘This Has Nothing to Do With Trump’Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Republicans break with Trump and Rand on whistleblower unmasking

Republicans break with Trump and Rand on whistleblower unmaskingStanding next to President Trump on Monday night, Sen. Rand Paul called for the media to unmask the Ukraine whistleblower and was cheered by rallygoers in Kentucky.



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Rand Paul: There Are GOP Senators More Loyal to Deep State Than Trump

Rand Paul: There Are GOP Senators More Loyal to Deep State Than TrumpFox NewsSen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took aim at several unnamed Republican senators on Monday night, telling Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that many of his GOP colleagues are more loyal to the so-called “Deep State” than to the president while criticizing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for not doing more to investigate Democrats.Noting at the top of his primetime Fox News broadcast that Graham promised to use his chairmanship of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee to get to the bottom of the Russia investigation, Carlson groused that the South Carolina lawmaker hadn’t made any progress exposing the “bureaucratic coup” against President Donald Trump.“So far, Graham’s tenure has been defined by total inaction,” Carlson grumbled. “He has subpoenaed neither [former Deputy FBI Director Andrew] McCabe nor [ex-Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein, nor has he launched an investigation. Now his inaction extends to the Ukraine saga.”Paul, meanwhile, claimed that he has urged Graham both publicly and privately to open up investigations and bring in people such as former CIA Director John Brennan and former British counterintelligence officer Christopher Steele to testify about the origins of the Russia probe.“So everything the Democrats have accused President Trump of doing, you know, investigating a political rival with a foreign country, all those same questions should be asked of the Democrats,” Paul exclaimed. “Did they do that to Trump?”Carlson wanted to know why Graham hasn’t moved on opening a Senate investigation into this, prompting Paul to say that the South Carolina lawmaker needs to exercise his power.“We’ve been waiting a long time on this,” Paul continued. “Some people, I’m not going to say Senator Graham, but there are other Republican senators up here whose allegiance is more to the Deep State than it is to the president. I do think Senator Graham does like the president and wants to get to the bottom of it, but a lot of us want to see it get started. We want to see subpoenas.”The Fox News host went on to complain that Graham hasn’t looked into the FBI raid on Trump associate Roger Stone’s house, implying that then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller tipped off CNN ahead of time. (CNN has contended that this is untrue.) “He needs to use his clout, and only he can do it,” Paul replied.Carlson would then ask Paul if Graham’s neoconservative views on foreign policy have caused him to possibly slow-walk the investigations, wondering if Graham’s disagreements with Trump on Syria are affecting his decisions.“There is an establishment in foreign policy and also in the intelligence community,” Paul noted. “The intelligence community truly is the Deep State.”The Kentucky senator concluded that he and Graham have had disagreements in the past over FISA warrants, adding that Graham wants to continue having them issued in private.“There may be a concern that if we look at the intelligence Deep State, that as we find out things, some of their power may diminish,” He said.Carlson, meanwhile, wasn’t the only pro-Trump Fox personality who railed against Graham—typically a reliable supporter of the president—on Monday night. During his Fox Business broadcast, Lou Dobbs called Graham an “embarrassment” who hasn’t “lifted a finger” to help Trump.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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After Trump fires Bolton, Rand Paul and Liz Cheney go to war over it

After Trump fires Bolton, Rand Paul and Liz Cheney go to war over itIn the wake of the national security adviser's firing, two Republicans trade barbs over the president's foreign policy.



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Rand Paul and Liz Cheney Compete for Trump’s Affections, Get Into ‘Butt-Kissing’ Twitter Spat

Rand Paul and Liz Cheney Compete for Trump’s Affections, Get Into ‘Butt-Kissing’ Twitter SpatTwo fully grown, elected members of the United States Congress have spent two days fighting on Twitter over who loves President Donald Trump more.Since at least Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Liz Cheney, both Republicans, have been trading barbs online (and on television) over foreign policy and who is in better standing with Trump.The shameless spat began when Paul shared a week-old Washington Examiner op-ed from Wyoming state legislators telling Cheney to “stop carping at Trump for rejecting endless war.”“I agree!  Why do some neocons continue to advocate for endless wars?  I stand with @realdonaldtrump on ending wars,” the libertarian senator added in light of the firing of hawkish national-security chief John Bolton. “Let’s focus on America First, not Afghanistan!”Paul’s shot at Cheney was also likely spurred on by the Wyoming congresswoman’s mild criticism earlier this week of the president’s Camp David invitation to the Taliban, which was scheduled days before the anniversary of 9/11.Cheney, meanwhile, quickly fired back by noting that while she stands with Trump and “our men and women in uniform who will never surrender to terrorists,” Paul “seems to have forgotten that today is 9/11.”Paul restarted the slap-fight on Thursday morning, insisting the president recognized Cheney’s “NeverTrump warmongering” and “pro-Bolton blathering.”“I’m just grateful for a president who, unlike you, supports stopping these endless wars,” he added.In response to Paul’s jab, Cheney fired back by reminding the libertarian-leaning senator that he was trounced by Trump in the 2016 Republican primary. She also quoted an old tweet in which Trump attacked Paul, dubbing him “truly weird.”“Hi @RandPaul I know the 2016 race was painful for you since you were such a big loser (then & now) with a dismal 4.5% in Iowa,” she tweeted in Trumpian fashion. “No surprise since your motto seems to be ‘Terrorists First, America Second.’”Not to be outdone, Paul replied by taking a shot at the congresswoman’s father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, a notoriously hawkish Republican like his daughter. “Hey ⁦@Liz_Cheney⁩ I feel like you might just be mad still about when Candidate Trump shredded your Dad’s failed foreign policy and endless wars,” he tweeted, attaching a recap from the 2016 GOP primary debates.“Weird. I don’t see you on stage here, @RandPaul,” Cheney shot back minutes later. “Oh, right. My bad – you had already lost. weirdRand”From there, Paul absolutely unloaded in a seeming effort to get the last word in vying for Trump’s affirmation, firing off a tweetstorm taking aim at the Cheney family:Not content on keeping this battle royale for Trump’s love contained to Twitter, Paul also appeared Thursday afternoon to take it to the airwaves. CNN anchor Brianna Keilar, however, confronted Paul head-on and mocked the senator to his face.“Do you worry this is devolving a bit into this butt-kissing contest that’s a little unbecoming of two members of Congress?” Keilar asked.And as if this spat couldn’t get any more insufferable, members of Paul’s and Cheney’s staffs got involved in the online dog-pile. In response to a Politico reporter snarking that the two sparring lawmakers will eventually have make-up luncheons, Cheney aide Natalie Johnson tweeted: “My boss doesn’t sit at the kid’s table.” Paul’s chief strategist Doug Stafford fired back: “Sure she does. What do you think the House is?”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Ilhan Omar hits back at Rand Paul with retweet mocking assault on senator

Ilhan Omar hits back at Rand Paul with retweet mocking assault on senatorAfter Sen. Rand Paul offers to buy Rep. Ilhan Omar a ticket to Somalia so she can 'appreciate America more,' the Democrat congresswoman responds with a retweet mocking the violent assault on the Republican senator by a neighbor in 2017.



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Rand Paul offers to buy Ilhan Omar a ticket to Somalia so she will 'appreciate America more'

Rand Paul offers to buy Ilhan Omar a ticket to Somalia so she will 'appreciate America more'Republican Senator Rand Paul said he would offer to buy Congresswoman Ilhan Omar a ticket to Somalia so she will "appreciate America more".His remarks echoed Donald Trump's racist statement that the Ms Omar and three other congresswomen of colour should "go back" to the "totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."Mr Paul made the remarks in an interview with Breitbart News at the Turning Point USA conference in Washington last week. Mr Trump's tweets earlier this month about the four congresswomen of colour, known as "the squad" prompted the House of Representatives to pass a resolution condemning his remarks. Three of the congresswomen were born in the United States, while Ms Omar is a naturalised US citizen who was born in Somalia.Mr Paul defended the US president's comments, saying of Ms Omar, "I'm sort of dumbfounded how unappreciative she is of our country". "While I'm not saying we forcibly send her anywhere, I'm willing to contribute to buy her a ticket to go visit Somalia, and I think she could look and maybe learn a little bit about the disaster that is Somalia – that has no capitalism, has no God-given rights guaranteed in a constitution, and has about seven different tribes that have been fighting each other for the last 40 years," Mr Paul said. "And then, maybe after she's visited Somalia for a while, she might come back and appreciate America more."A spokesman for Ms Omar declined to comment on Mr Paul's remarks. Mr Paul's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.On Sunday, after reports of Mr Paul's comments began to circulate widely, Ms Omar retweeted a post by comedian Tom Arnold appearing to make light of a 2017 incident in which the Kentucky Republican was assaulted by a neighbour.The retweet sparked outrage among conservatives, including the president's son, Donald Trump Jr."Congresswoman Ilhan Omar retweeting calls for political violence against @randpaul," Trump Jr said in a tweet. "I'm not surprised, and look forward to the forthcoming silence from the media on the issue."Ms Omar, a freshman and one of two Muslim women in the House, have been among the most vocal critics of Mr Trump's policies and language.In a New York Times op-ed last week, she said the president "has used overtly racist rhetoric to strike fear and division in communities of colour and religious minorities across the country".She also described her journey with her family to the US in the hope of a better life – and said that the chants of "Send her back!" by Trump supporters at a recent rally in response to the president's criticism of her prompted her to "remember the horrors of civil war in Somalia that my family and I escaped"."The ideals at the heart of our founding – equal protection under the law, pluralism, religious liberty – are under attack, and it is up to all of us to defend them," she wrote.In the Breitbart interview, Mr Paul said he has met "a lot of people" in Kentucky who are refugees – "some from Somalia, some from Bosnia" – and "most of them are thankful"."I've met people who have come here from behind the Iron Curtain, that got away from communism," he said. "They're some of the best Americans we have, because they really appreciate how great our country is."Ms Omar, by contrast, is "about as ungrateful as you can get", Mr Paul said."And then I hear Representative Omar say, 'Oh, America's a terrible place! I thought there'd be justice, and there's no justice here,'" Paul said. "It's like, well, she came here and we fed her, we clothed her, she got welfare, she got school, she got healthcare, and then, lo and behold, she has the honour of actually winning a seat in Congress, and she says we're a terrible country?"While Ms Omar has been critical of Mr Trump, she has not described the US as a "terrible country".Washington Post



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