Rand Paul Blows Democrats’ Impeachment Inquiry Out of the Water
Republican senator reveals law that undermines Dems' argument for Trump impeachment
Republican Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has blown the Democrats' argument for the impeachment of President Donald Trump out of the water, by highlighting a law that undermines their reasoning.
Speaking during an interview Sunday with NBC's “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd, Senator Paul highlighted how existing U.S. law could actually protect President Trump in the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into his July 25 phone call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky.
On the subject of impeaching Trump, Paul noted that the public wants fairness and Americans are not going to be able to judge fairness when the Democrats are "accusing President Trump of the same thing Joe Biden did, threatening the aid if some kind of corruption’s not investigated.”
“But if it were me, I wouldn’t give them the aid, because we don’t have the money,” Paul added.
“We have to actually borrow the money from China to send it to Ukraine.
"So I’m against the aid. And I think it’s a mistake to do the aid.”
Paul then highlighted a defense of Trump’s actions that is likely to pick up steam in upcoming weeks, saying that current U.S. law prevents the U.S. from providing aid to corrupt countries, and so Trump would have to ask for an investigation into the Bidens, who Trump believes is corrupt, in order to be able to provide the aid.
“Foreign aid, by law, can only go out to countries that are not corrupt,” Paul said.
“So, if you think that a country is acting in a corrupt way, a president can always withhold aid until the corruption is fixed.
"So, you’re going to have to get into the mind of Trump and his advisers and say, ‘Well, he didn’t really believe that the Bidens were corrupt.’
"I think he absolutely does. I think you could give him a lie detector test and say, ‘Do you think the Bidens were corrupt? And do you think you were investigating corruption, and that corruption is in the law, that you can’t give aid to a country that has corruption?'”
“This ends up being a policy debate and a partisan debate,” Paul continued.
“And it has nothing to do with legality or illegality or impeachment.
"It’s purely a partisan way of trying to overturn the election.”
Elsewhere during the interview, Sen. Paul described the impeachment inquiry as a "sham."
Paul said if President Trump was not allowed to call both Hunter Biden and Rep. Adam Schiff's so-called "whistleblower" during the public hearings if the impeachment inquiry, then it undermines the entire process.
Chuck Todd asked Paul, “Are you an open-minded juror, let me ask it that way?”
Paul said, “I am very open-minded and fair-minded.
"You will not meet a person who is more fair than I am.
"I really do believe that justice should be color blind, gender blind. You name it. I think justice should.
"You know one of our traditions about justice, about finding justice is, the defense should be able to present their witnesses.
"If you can’t call Hunter Biden and the whistleblower, that’s sort of a sham.
"That’s not really a trial. So I am fair-minded, but the trial has to be fair.”