Either Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) doesn’t know the seriousness of Michael Flynn’s alleged offense or maybe he doesn’t really care about it.
Why else would he suggest probing Flynn is a waste of time?
Here’s a little background for Paul: Flynn resigned from his position, admitting he took several calls with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. before entering the White House in December and that he misled Vice President Mike Pence regarding the nature of the contacts.
The Logan Act makes it illegal for private citizens to conduct U.S. diplomacy. Consequently, Flynn’s communication with Russian officials before Trump’s inauguration — especially at a time when the U.S. government had issued sanctions against Russia over alleged cyberwarfare — sparks concerns of possible violation of diplomatic protocol and, according to some, borders on treason.
Still, Paul believes the former national security adviser should not even be questioned over his potentially illegal actions.
Because Republicans shouldn’t be investigating Republicans.
While speaking on Fox News’ “Kilmeade and Friends” radio show, Paul said an investigation into Flynn’s alleged contacts with Russians would be “excessive,” and that Republicans shouldn’t be wasting time probing members of their own party.
“You know, I think that might be excessive,” Paul said. “I think that it looks like the president has handled the situation, and unless there’s some kind of other evidence of malfeasance, this sounds like something that was internal White House politics, and it looks like the president’s handled it.”
Paul also suggested Republicans should instead be supporting each other.
“I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party,” he said. “We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do like repealing Obamacare if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans. I think it makes no sense.”
Essentially, the Kentucky senator believes the GOP should focus on its interests and completely disregard the fact if Flynn went against U.S. law and potentially endangered American foreign interests — that the Republican Party matters more than the safety of the country.
Rand Paul’s logic is deeply troubling.
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