Rand Paul is pissed and he is letting the Democrats have it. He ripped into Mazie Hirono and Chuck Schumer for their purely political stunt today accusing them correctly of having ‘fake outrage.”
The Democrats introduced a resolution to hit Trump and the GOP by way of “protecting” whistleblowers.
Look, by now many outlets have reported on the alleged whistleblower’s identity and the sky has not fallen.
Put it another way – right now Trump’s presidency hangs in the balance between unelected bureaucrats some who think Trump’s Ukraine actions were improper while others who think all was good.
That is why we have elections and we do not leave our fragile democracy to people who were not elected and worse may have political points to score.
From The Hill:
Paul objected to passing the resolution after Democrats refused to drop their resolution and instead pass whistleblower legislation that he introduced earlier that day.
“I support whistleblowers and I do think they have a role to play in keeping government accountable … but what we have seen over the last few years is that we have a system that we should continue to refine,” Paul said.
He argued that his legislation would “make clear” that President Trump should be able to face his accuser. The measure also would expand current whistleblower protections for contractors.
“The bill I will introduce today will expand the whistleblower act [and] would be made retroactive so Edward Snowden can come home to live in his own country. All he did was expose that his government was not obeying the Constitution,” Paul said.
Hirono objected to dropping the Democratic resolution and passing Paul’s bill.
“My colleague’s bill was just dropped on my lap literally just now. I certainly haven’t had a chance to read through the bill,” Hirono said.
She added that she was “flabbergasted” by a provision in Paul’s legislation that would apply the Sixth Amendment to impeachment proceedings.
“Come forward but we’re going to out you, subject you threats, intimidation, retaliation,” Hirono said, summarizing the impact of the provision.