Mitch McConnell’s mini-me does his usual reactionary foolishness as the Senators are sworn in for the second Trump trial.
“In a 55 to 45 vote that strongly suggested that the Senate does not have the votes to convict Donald Trump, senators narrowly killed a Republican effort to dismiss the impeachment charge as unconstitutional”
Remember when your dad spent years publishing a white supremacist newsletter and then claimed he never read it?— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 26, 2021
Senate rejects Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) attempt to declare Trump's impeachment trial unconstitutional, 55-45.
(Sen. Mitch McConnell sided with Paul's motion.)pic.twitter.com/yPU2ZcHZFV
— The Recount (@therecount) January 26, 2021
— Robert Mackey (@RobertMackey) January 26, 2021
The fact that Rand Paul has not faced an investigation into his ties to Russia tells you all you need to know about American politics.
— 🆘 JusticeIsOverdue🍑 (@JusticeIsOverdu) January 24, 2021
“I was honored to deliver a letter from President Donald J. Trump to President Vladimir Putin’s administration,” Paul said in a statement, which also noted that the letter was given to representatives for Putin, who has been out of Moscow all week.
The letter highlighted how the U.S. wants to continue to work together with Russia on “countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges,” Paul said.
Paul emerged as one of the few prominent defenders of Trump after his controversial summit with Putin in Helsinki last month, during which Trump publicly sided with the Russian president over U.S. intelligence agencies regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
As an outspoken non-interventionist, Paul praised Trump's willingness to engage with Putin and said at the time that he would travel to Russia in early August to play shuttle diplomacy for Trump.
On Wednesday, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement that it was Paul who had requested Trump to provide “a letter of introduction.”
“In the letter, the President mentioned topics of interest that Senator Paul wanted to discuss with President Putin,” Gidley said.
The lone five Republicans who voted with Democrats: Romney, Sasse, Collins, Murkowski and Toomey https://t.co/QEipHJEloJ
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 26, 2021
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