Rand Paul

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. “

White House Fears Paul Will Block Tax Plan

Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) “outspoken opposition to a leadership-backed Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill and the backup Graham-Cassidy plan helped demolish the GOP’s health care agenda. And now Republicans are worried that the contrarian Paul is going to do the same on tax reform by coming out early and vocally against their work,” Politico reports.

Said one ally to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “You have to assume he’s going to be a no on everything.”

“The Senate will consider the budget teeing up tax reform in mid-October, and Paul is privately sending signals he’ll vote against it, just as he did on the budget setting up Obamacare repeal in January, when he was the lone Republican senator to do so.”

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“No one is more opposed to Obamacare than I am, and I’ve voted multiple times for repeal. The current bill isn’t repeal… Calling a bill that keeps most of Obamacare ‘repeal’ doesn’t make it true. That’s what the swamp does. I won’t be bribed or bullied.”

— Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), once again stating his opposition to the latest Republican health care bill.