Rand Paul Has Tantrum After Roberts Refuses to Read Question

Rand Paul Has Tantrum After Roberts Refuses to Read Question January 31, 2020

Rand Paul asked Chief Justice John Roberts to read a question about a cockamamie conspiracy theory of a plot to take down Trump and he threw a fit, storming out of the Senate in violation of the rules requiring Senators to be present for impeachment proceedings, then holding a press conference to ask the question and reveal the presumed name of the whistleblower.

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After failing to get Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to read the name of the person widely thought to be the whistle-blower whose complaint prompted the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, did so himself on Thursday.

Mr. Paul, who left the Senate chamber while the impeachment trial was in session to hold a news conference about Mr. Roberts’s refusal to read his question, said it “deserved to be asked.” He said the question had nothing to do with the whistle-blower, then he proceeded to read it aloud and name the person.

The question asked whether House impeachment managers or the president’s legal defense team were aware of reports that two individuals “may have worked together to plot impeaching the president before there were formal House impeachment proceedings.”

It tells you something about the credibility of this claim that Trump’s lawyers, who have made all types of bizarre and irrational arguments in his defense, won’t even use it.

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