The fallout of President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn, resigning in disgrace has created an open civil war within the Republican Party. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has called for an official investigation but one of McCain’s senatorial colleagues, the ever-slippery “libertarian” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), is attempting to thwart that investigation from coming to fruition.
McCain, a former Vietnamese prisoner of war, issued a statement calling for the Armed Services Committee, of which he is the chairman, to initiate an investigation into Trump, Flynn and their alleged Russian connections:
General Flynn’s resignation also raises further questions about the Trump administration’s intentions toward Vladimir Putin’s Russia, including statements by the President suggesting moral equivalence between the United States and Russia despite its invasion of Ukraine, annexation of Crimea, threats to our NATO allies, and attempted interference in American elections.
While a guest on Fox News Radio, Paul said to host Brian Kilmeade he believes an investigation is “excessive” and unless there is other “evidence of malfeasance” the issue should die a quick death. In part Paul stated:
I think that might be excessive. I think 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. I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party. 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
Paul’s commentary and argument is entirely nonsensical. On one hand, he does not believe the investigation should move forward; on the other hand, he believes it should move forward if there is “evidence of malfeasance.”
How is one able to collect evidence, then, if an investigation is halted from the beginning? This is to say nothing of Paul’s ham-fisted statement that Republicans investigating themselves is not “useful” when it is your “own party.”
With that disclosure alone, Paul exposed his partisan leanings and showed he is not interested in the whole truth, but rather only truth which he believes to be both politically expedient and beneficial to Republicans. What a patriot!
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.