Rand Paul Says Democrats’ Ukraine Letter Also Needs to Be Investigated
As the Democrats’ “impeachment inquiry” probes deep into conversations between President Trump and members of his administration with Ukrainian officials, Republican Senator Rand Paul says it’s crucial that both sides of the aisle are held accountable. While speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Paul called for an investigation into the Democratic senators who requested information into former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort back in 2018.
“If anything’s consistent here, both parties have tried to involve themselves in Ukraine,” he stated. “So for example, four senators, Democrats, wrote a letter to the Ukrainian government and said if you don’t keep investigating Trump we may reconsider our bipartisan support for your aid.”
This comes after the Kentucky lawmaker was asked if he’s bothered by accusations President Trump’s personal attorney sought information on former Vice President Joe Biden. Paul pointed out that it shouldn’t just be one-sided, saying if you’re going to condemn the president then you also need to condemn the Democrat senators.
“Everyone is going after President Trump,” he said. “Someone needs to actually, in an objective way, evaluate a letter from four Democrats that said to Ukraine ‘if you don’t keep investigating Trump we will reconsider our bipartisan support for aid’ — that’s a threat and that’s the same kind of stuff they’re accusing Trump of.”
Democratic Senators Robert Menendez, Dick Durbin, and Patrick Leahy wrote a letter asking for Ukraine’s assistance into the Mueller investigation back in 2018. According to Paul, if Ukraine refused, the Democrat leaders threatened to withhold aid from the country.
House Democrats have subpoenaed President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and are requesting he also turn over documents regarding Ukraine. Giuliani said President Trump did not extort money or engage with Ukraine, and claimed Biden did both to advance his corruption scheme in the country.