Thursday, January 16, 2020

Rand Paul said he will force a vote on calling Hunter Biden to the witness stand in the Senate impeachment trial

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) @drrandpaul is threatening to force the Senate to vote on subpoenaing Hunter Biden and the “whistleblower” in the event that his Republican colleagues side with Democrats and their demand for more impeachment witnesses — a move that would put some of them in vulnerable positions from a reelection standpoint. While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ultimately moved to transmit the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate without her party’s demand for the promise of pre-trial witnesses, the debate is far from over. Sens. Susan Collins’ (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) respective calls for the Senate trial to proceed in the mold of former President Bill Clinton’s trial solidified Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) upper hand. However, both have signaled that they are open to calling forth witnesses after hearing opening statements. Paul has a contingency plan. According to Politico, Paul “will make the Senate vote on subpoenaing the president’s preferred witnesses, including Hunter Biden and the “whistleblower” who revealed the Ukraine scandal” in the event that four or more of his GOP colleagues side with Democrats and call for additional witnesses, putting at-risk GOP incumbents in more vulnerable positions. “If you vote against Hunter Biden, you’re voting to lose your election, basically. Seriously. That’s what it is,” Paul said, according to Politico. “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,” he explained.

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