Rand Paul is a straight shooter, like Trump. They don’t always get along but when they do they both are not afraid to take incoming for the other.
Especially if the decision is unpopular.
Rand Paul knows, whether he read the Art of the Deal or he is just smart, that leverage is key in DC.
There is a fight brewing in the Senate over witnesses. The Dems want to call theirs and the GOP wants to call Hunter Biden and others.
But to the consternation of everyone, a small group of GOP Senators seem to have no idea this is all a game, a negotiation of a spectacle with a foregone conclusion, and may go along with the Dems and block the GOP calling Hunter.
“My colleagues can’t have it both ways. Calling for some, while blocking others,” Paul said of GOP Senators who want to call Bolton but will block Hunter Biden subpoena.
To “vote against the president bringing in witnesses, it’s not going to really be very helpful for them with the Republican base.”
From The Hill:
Two crucial swing-vote senators declined on Wednesday to say if they think Hunter Biden should testify during the soon-to-begin impeachment trial.
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) both told reporters that it’s too soon to make a decision on Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, arguing the witness fight should wait until after opening arguments and questions from senators.
“There will be this time in the process where we will have an opportunity to make a determination as to what further information we need. Whether it is for Hunter Biden or Ambassador Bolton,” Murkowski said. “Until that point in time I’m not thinking about each individual witness and who I’m putting in a bucket.”
Asked separately if she thought Hunter Biden had relevant information for the impeachment trial, Collins replied: “How can I tell? You’re asking me to pre-judge the evidence.”
“It’s clearly not the right time for us to judge which specific witnesses should be called,” she said…
…”It seems to me what we need to do is a fact-based determination of where we are lacking evidence,” Collins told reporters.