Rand Paul

Kavanaugh’s Nomination Needs to Get Past Rand Paul

“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.”

Rand Paul Sues His Neighbor

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.”

The Events that Set Off Rand Paul’s Neighbor

Roll Call has new details of what Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) did to provoke his neighbor to attack him last year.

“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.”

Trump Promised Paul He’d Pull Troops from Afghanistan

In trying to secure his vote to confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, President Trump told Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that he was prepared to end the war in Afghanistan, the Washington Post reports.

Said Paul: “The president told me over and over again in general we’re getting the hell out of there. I think the president’s instincts and inclination are to resolve the Afghan conflict.”

“The two men discussed no exit dates and did not strike a written agreement… It is unclear just how much Trump’s private conversations signal a public shift in policy or, rather, if they are just maneuvering by a famously transactional leader who often says what he needs to say to make a deal and then reverses himself.”

Paul Opposes Pompeo Nomination

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s earlier support for the Iraq war and defense of enhanced interrogation techniques — or ‘torture’ in the view of Paul and many other senators — is disqualifying for his nomination to be Secretary of State, Politico reports.

“And the Kentucky senator indicated he may be willing to filibuster both Pompeo’s nomination and CIA director nominee Gina Haspel, who he says is ‘gleeful’ in her defense of torture techniques.”

Prosecutors Recommend 21 Months for Paul’s Attacker

Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor turned attacker, Rene Boucher, could see up to 21 months in prison for attacking the politician because he was stacking leaves on a pile near his property and he “had enough,” the Louisville Courier Journal reports.

In the plea agreement signed by Boucher, it states that the attack was not politically motivated but rather that it was a “property dispute that had finally boiled over.”

Paul Will Support the GOP Tax Plan

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) wrote for Fox News that he will vote for the GOP tax bill:

I spoke out all year against the GOP leaders’ initial plan to make their tax reform “revenue neutral” — meaning not really a cut. I’m pleased to see my point of view has prevailed, and the current tax plan calls for a $1.5 trillion cut over the next ten years. I would have liked to see more — in fact, I offered an amendment to move it up to $2.5 trillion — but I’ve stated many times that as long as it is a real cut, I’ll vote for it, even if it isn’t as large as I would prefer.

Paul Says He Doesn’t Know Why He Was Attacked

In his first interview since being sucker-attacked 10 days ago while doing yard work in Kentucky, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told the Washington Examiner that there was “no justification” for what happened.

Said Paul: “From my perspective, I’m not really too concerned about what someone’s motive is. I’m just concerned that I was attacked from the back and somebody broke six of my ribs and gave me a damaged lung where at least for now I have trouble speaking and breathing and now I’ve hurt for 10 days.”

Paul Casts Doubt on Explanation for Assault

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) seemed to call into question media reports that the man who assaulted him had been motivated by a feud over landscaping, Politico reports.

The Louisville Courier Journal reported that the two men had feuded regularly over landscaping issues.

“But Paul appeared to dispute that notion with a pair of posts to Twitter on Wednesday, linking to a Breitbart News story headlined “Rand Paul’s neighbors say reports blaming savage assault on ‘landscaping dispute’ are fake news” and one from the Washington Examiner headlined ‘Rand Paul’s neighbors rip media ‘landscaping dispute’ reports.'”

‘Trivial Dispute’ Led to Assault of Rand Paul

The violent altercation last week that left Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) nursing bruised lungs and broken ribs began with “a very regrettable dispute” between neighbors over a “trivial” matter, the New York Times reports.

The incident “has absolutely nothing to do with either’s politics or political agendas,” the lawyer for the neighbor, Matthew Baker, said in a statement. “It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial.”

Two neighbors told the New York Times that the attack may have stemmed from a dispute over “some sort of planting or flora issue around the properties.”

Rand Paul’s Absence Could Hurt GOP Agenda

Politico: “A prolonged absence by Paul could also complicate matters for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the broader Senate GOP’s legislative agenda. Republicans control just 52 votes in the chamber, and absences can thwart the leadership from obtaining the simple majority needed to confirm nominees and pass some legislation. The Senate GOP is aiming to take up their own tax overhaul later this month, which they are trying to pass using a fast-track legislative procedure that undercuts a filibuster from Democrats. A bill could be released later this week.”

“Paul has already indicated that, like during the health care fight, he is preparing to use his leverage to push the Senate’s tax bill in a more conservative direction — pushing for more ambitious rate cuts and even repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate to purchase health insurance. He was the sole Senate Republican to vote against the GOP budget that set up the fast-track procedure for tax reform, called reconciliation.”

Paul’s Injuries More Severe Than Thought

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “is recovering from five broken ribs and bruises to his lungs, and it is unclear when he will return to Washington, aides said Sunday, signaling that injuries he sustained Friday are far more severe than initially thought,” the Washington Post reports.

“The second-term Republican senator from Kentucky and 2016 presidential candidate was attacked, allegedly by a next-door neighbor, Rene Boucher, 59, who was charged with fourth-degree assault… The nature of the dispute between Paul and Boucher remained a mystery Sunday to locals who know both men as medical professionals based in this southwestern Kentucky town.”

The AP reports “it is unclear when Paul will return to work since he is in considerable pain and has difficulty getting around, including flying. “