Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called into KTWO to discuss his feud with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and said that he thought Wyoming Republicans were in agreement with him on foreign policy issues like the Afghanistan war.
Said Paul: “I really think that the Western Republicans, the one that I’ve met in Wyoming and the ones I’ve met throughout the West, are very, very independent. They’re tired of spending $50 billion a year in Afghanistan. They’re tired of building roads in Afghanistan. They’re tired of $45 million gas stations in Afghanistan and $90 million hotels. I think a lot of people in Wyoming would rather see that money spent at home.”
Sen. Rand Paul announced that he is recovering from a surgery to treat injuries from his 2017 assault, Roll Call reports.
Said Paul: “Unfortunately, I will have to limit my August activities. Part of my lung damaged by the 2017 assault had to be removed by surgery this weekend.”
Comedian Jon Stewart blasted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Fox News for his objection to a bipartisan bill to ensure a compensation fund for victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks never runs out of money.
Said Stewart: “Pardon me if I’m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul’s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling.”
He pointed out that Paul supported President Trump’s tax cut that “added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit.”
“Over a round of golf this past weekend, Sen. Rand Paul asked President Donald Trump’s blessing for a sensitive diplomatic mission,” Politico reports.
“Paul, best known in the Senate for his isolationist foreign policy views, proposed sitting down with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to extend a fresh olive branch on the president’s behalf. The aim: to reduce tensions between the two countries. Trump signed off on the idea.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told ABC News that Robert Mueller’s Russia probe is an argument against special prosecutors.
Said Paul: “I think since the very beginning this has been politically motivated and now both sides are doing it. It goes back to the Clintons.”
“Only Congress can declare war. You do not have our permission to go to war with Iran.”
— Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), quoted by CBS News, to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “blocked a resolution calling for special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to be released to Congress and the public,” Axios reports.
“This is the 5th time that Republicans — led by Paul and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — have blocked the resolution, which passed unanimously in the House last month. Paul has argued in favor of an amendment calling for the release of communications between Obama-era intelligence officials that he says could shed light on potential “misuse of power” leading up to the launch of the Trump-Russia investigation.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), “one of the fiercest political critics of socialized medicine, will travel to Canada later this month to get hernia surgery,” the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.
“Paul, an ophthalmologist, said the operation is related to an injury in 2017 when his neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked him while Paul was mowing his lawn. The incident left Kentucky’s junior senator with six broken ribs and a bruised lung.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “has defended President Trump on some of his most controversial moves, going against the prevailing sentiment of the libertarian movement with which he and his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), have long been identified,” The Hill reports.
“Some of the most libertarian-leaning members of Congress, such as Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), have served as forceful critics of Trump within the GOP. But Rand Paul, who prefers the mantle of constitutional conservative to libertarian, has repeatedly offered Trump a stirring defense.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-NY) said that he was “honored” to deliver a letter from President Trump to the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Moscow this week, NBC News reports.
“Many folks think that Rand Paul can’t be beat, they’re worried he might be too well-liked. I don’t buy that. Just ask his neighbor. He can be beaten.”
— Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes (D), quoted by WHAS-TV.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that he will support Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court, The Hill reports.
Said Paul: “After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have decided to support his nomination.”
“Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s road to confirmation may have a little-noticed obstacle: Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) firm views on privacy,” Bloomberg reports.
“While abortion has gotten most of the attention in the partisan fight over the nomination, the Kentucky Republican strongly disagrees with Kavanaugh on the meaning of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, and he’s shown little reluctance to defy Senate GOP leaders or the White House to make a point on civil liberties and other privacy issues.”
“In a Senate controlled by the GOP 50-49 with Republican Senator John McCain absent while fighting brain cancer, Paul’s vote can’t be taken for granted.”
A man is accused of threatening to “chop up” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and his family with an ax, the Lousiville Courier-Journal reports.
Said Paul: “Capitol Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man who threatened to kill me and chop up my family with an axe. It’s just horrendous that we have to deal with things like this.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has filed a lawsuit against the neighbor who admitted to assaulting him in front of his house, the Bowling Green Daily News reports.
“In the civil complaint, filed Friday in Warren Circuit Court, the Republican senator seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages from Rene Boucher for ‘physical pain and mental suffering’ resulting from Boucher’s tackle of Paul as the senator was mowing his yard Nov. 3 in the Rivergreen subdivision in Bowling Green.”
“In September 2017 the junior GOP senator from Kentucky stacked a 10-foot-wide mound of branches near the line separating his property… Boucher found the pile of tree limbs and other flotsam ‘unsightly’… In October, Boucher had the branches loaded into portable dumpsters and carried off. But then, other piles appeared — two of them.”
“Boucher poured gasoline on the woodpiles and incinerated them, giving himself second-degree burns in the process.”
“The next day, the senator blew leaves into Boucher’s yard with his lawnmower. He made another branch pile in the same spot as the previous ones. Boucher had had enough.”