Kentucky Senator Rand Paul hasn’t been President Trump’s closest ally, but the impeachment fight has brought them together like never before. Paul is on a mission to end the impeachment trail without calling witnesses.
Paul says if four or more of his GOP colleagues join with Democrats to entertain new witness testimony, he will make the Senate vote on subpoenaing the president’s preferred witnesses, including Hunter Biden and the whistleblower who revealed the Ukraine scandal — polarizing picks who moderate Republicans aren’t eager to call. So he has a simple message for his party: end the trial before witnesses are called.
“If you vote against Hunter Biden, you’re voting to lose your election, basically. Seriously. That’s what it is,” Paul said during an interview in his office on Wednesday. “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 says his strategy is to end the trial quickly allow the president to call as many witnesses as he needs to make his case.
“My first preference would be to be done with it as soon as possible and not to have any witnesses,” Paul said. “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.”
It’s a fascinating strategy that ties in with the procedure laid out by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, also of Kentucky: force everyone in the Senate to take a stand on whether to allow testimony.
Votes over witnesses could put vulnerable senators from both parties on the spot to take sides on the extent to which they want the president to be able to defend himself. Other GOP senators believe that a constant back-and-forth on calling witnesses may look like enough of a burden to turn senators away from allowing testimony.
Paul’s stance is also a remarkable show of unity for the libertarian-leaning Senator Paul, who has gone against the grain of the GOP time and time again, but he believes that at times like this unity is important.
It’ll definitely be interesting to see what happens and to find out if his tactics will pay off. Stay tuned to see how everything plays out. We’ll keep you in the loop here at The Resurgent.