Rand Paul Gives Update On Whether or Not the Senate is Ready to Dismiss Impeachment Articles
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On Wednesday, Republican Senator Rand Paul told The Washington Post that Senate Republicans are close to having the votes necessary to completely dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
“There are 45, with about five to eight wanting to hear a little more,” Paul said. The Senate needs 51 votes to completely dismiss the articles of impeachment. “I still would like to dismiss it, but there aren’t the votes to do it just yet.”
Paul continued by commenting on Rep. Adam Schiff's involvement in the trial, stating that he is helping unify Republicans.
“I will push it at some point,” Paul said. “The more Adam Schiff speaks, the more we become unified.”
The Republican Senator also spoke out against the Democrats' calls to have former National Security Adviser John Bolton testify in the Senate. “He’s a disgruntled employee with an ax to grind,” Paul said.
“Some people who have talked to him think he has an ax to grind, that he’s angry he was publicly fired by the president,” Paul added. “But he also has a history of believing in unlimited powers for the president. Which is the guiding light for John Bolton at this point? Axe to grind and books to sell? Or, be a player and say ‘even if I’m gone, he’s doing what I want on Iran and other things?’”
During an interview last week, Paul issued a stern warning to GOP Senators, urging them to not fall for the Democrats' impeachment demands.
Paul started by clarifying if Senate Republicans are intent on having the whistleblower and Hunter Biden testify in the Senate impeachment trial.
“There’s a lot of people who are quiet, so I’ve been kind of loud,” Senator Paul said. “My goal in this is to be done with the impeachment as soon as possible, and probably the best way to do that is actually no witnesses — but, if we’re going to have witnesses we should have witnesses from both sides."
Paul continued by warning his colleagues to not commit political suicide by allowing Democrats to chose witnesses.
“What I keep trying to convince my colleagues, particularly the ones that might vote to allow the witnesses that the Democrats want to call, is that if they do that and they don’t vote to allow the president to bring his witnesses in, I think the Republican base and Trump supporters are going to be very very unhappy with them. I think it will have electoral consequences — which is sort of my way of saying that maybe they should reconsider having any witnesses at all,” he said. “My hope is some will reconsider and we will just be done with one vote.”
Paul continued by discussing who some of the witnesses may be, noting that “if they end up approving witnesses like Bolton, who I think are harmful, I will insist on a motion that says the president should get to call all witnesses that he or his team deem to be necessary to his defense.”
“I don’t want to limit it, I’m not his lawyer, I don’t want to tell him who he has to call — I’m just going to say anyone. ‘Anyone’ includes people he has mentioned, like Hunter Biden and Joe Biden,” he added.
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