Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is warning that we need to put an end to this penchant for demanding “investigations” into every president we have.
Paul spoke to NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday and said he is not a big fan of all these rancorous investigations.
The question of investigations was not the topic of discussion.
Liberals have been claiming that if Donald Trump “paid off a mistress,” then that is a clear violation of campaign finance laws.
But Sen. Paul noted that we have already adjudicated that case and it was over a Democrat’s actions, to boot.
You know, I think what’s interesting about this is people forget history. The Federal Elections Commission actually ruled on this with John Edwards. They actually came up with a ruling and said that, “You know what? The paying of his mistress was not a — was not a campaign finance violation.” But I think it’s bigger than this. And I think we have to decide in our society if — there are thousands and thousands of rules. It’s incredibly complicated, campaign finance. We have to decide whether or not really criminal penalties are the way we should approach criminal finance. I personally think that if someone makes an error in filing paperwork or in not categorizing a campaign contribution correctly, it shouldn’t be jail time. It ought to be a fine. And so it’s just like a lot of other things that we’ve done in Washington. We’ve over criminalized campaign finance.
Once again, liberals don’t care about facts or law. They only care about destroying their political opponents.
Ignoring that, host Chuck Todd (himself a former life-long Democrat operative) jumped right to the next left-wing talking point, that a Trump team looking to build a Trump Tower in Russia is somehow nefarious. Paul, though, said he doesn’t see the problem:
I guess I don’t — I guess I don’t quite understand it because I don’t know what’s illegal about trying to build a hotel in Russia. So this is pretty common. And I see no problem with someone running for president trying to build a hotel somewhere. Now, if you were asking and saying, “I will give you something in exchange for letting us build a hotel,” that would be wrong. But I haven’t heard any of evidence of that. Just trying to build a hotel somewhere, I can’t imagine how that would be criminal–
Host Todd also reveled in the constant investigation into Trump. But Sen., Paul was skeptical over the forever investigation. He came out against the whole idea of a special investigator.
It’s very troubling what these special prosecutors can do. I tell people this — if a special prosecutor went after your life for the last 40 years, not you in particular but anybody, I think they could dredge up accusations. So I’m absolutely against it and I think it’s a miscarriage of justice and we should not have going after one person. And if we get this way and if we’re going to prosecute people and put in jail for campaign finance violations, we’ve become a banana republic where every president gets prosecuted, and everybody gets thrown in jail when they’re done with office.
Paul has a point. It appears that the plan (especially on the Democrat side) is to paralyze every president when they have been voted into minority status. In other words, the constant investigation is a tool to nullify every election.
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