This reads almost like a panic attack.
Courtesy of Politico:
Sen. Rand Paul is waging a fierce campaign to prevent the Senate from hearing witnesses in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, vowing to force tough votes on his fellow Republicans if they break with the president or back Democrats’ demands for new evidence.
The Kentucky Republican is occasionally at odds with Trump, from his killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani to his national emergency to build his southern border wall. But when it comes to impeachment, Paul is taking the hardest line possible in Trump’s favor.
Paul says if four or more of his GOP colleagues join with Democrats to entertain new witness testimony, he will make the Senate vote on subpoenaing the president’s preferred witnesses, including Hunter Biden and the whistleblower who revealed the Ukraine scandal — polarizing picks who moderate Republicans aren’t eager to call. So he has a simple message for his party: end the trial before witnesses are called.
“If you vote against Hunter Biden, you’re voting to lose your election, basically. Seriously. That’s what it is,” Paul said during an interview in his office on Wednesday. “If you don’t want to vote and you think you’re going to have to vote against Hunter Biden, you should just vote against witnesses, period.”
It should be pointed out that the witnesses suggested by the Democrats are all fact witnesses with knowledge to share, while the calling of Hunter Biden would simply be a continuation of the campaign to smear Joe Biden that led to this impeachment in the first place.
I would suggest that folks in the Senate can have an intellectual disagreement about the need to call witnesses but what Paul is saying here sounds like real fear that calling any witnesses will doom his president.
And do you know what, he is probably right.