Sen. Rand Paul: Senate Must Consider That Bolton Is 'Angry He Was Fired'

By Susan Jones | January 29, 2020 | 8:18am EST
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton is now courted by Democrats for turning on Trump. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton is now courted by Democrats for turning on Trump. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Even if Democrats get their way, and enough Republicans join them to summon John Bolton to the Senate chamber, Bolton's testimony should be taken with a grain of salt, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told Fox News's Neil Cavuto on Tuesday.

"You know, I think if you look at what someone has to say, you have to ask if they have any motives that might be motives that are for their own self-interest, and not for the betterment of the country," Paul said:

So, yes, I think he's angry he was fired. He spent his entire adult life arguing for a strong executive power and for expansive executive privilege, where the conversations between a president and their national security advisor would be protected by executive privilege. His whole life's work, he's argued for that.

Now he's going to argue that, no, no, no -- now that I have a book deal for a couple million bucks, that it's OK for me to say and spill the beans on everything the president said to me privately.

So I think it should be taken with a grain of salt, whether or not he's a disinterested or neutral party. I think he's motivated by his own self-interest. And that should enter into the equation of whether or not we want to hear him or not.

Paul added that it "doesn't matter" what Bolton says:

"I do think that Professor Dershowitz hit it pretty well last night when he said that even if what John Bolton is now alleging is true, this is a policy difference, and not something that rises to the level of an impeachment. And this has been the whole problem throughout this thing.

"Look, President Obama withheld aid to both Egypt and then also to Ukraine against the will of Congress, and nobody talked about impeaching him," Paul continued. "Now that President Trump does something they don't like, a policy they don't like, all of a sudden, they're up in arms and he should be impeached. It needs to be the same standard, whether you're Republican or a Democrat, or no matter which way we're looking at impeachment.

"All of the managers that were arguing against Clinton's impeachment because it was partisan, their arguments were used against them today. In fact, there were titters running throughout the crowd as Chuck Schumer was adamant that you shouldn't be able to go after someone who -- that isn't in a high crime or a misdemeanor."

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), speaking to reporters during a break in Tuesday' proceedings, said he has no idea what John Bolton says in his upcoming book:

"But at the end of the day, it doesn't impact the legal issue before this Senate. The legal issue before this Senate is whether the president has the authority to investigate corruption," Cruz said.

"So the House managers built their entire cases on the proposition that investigating Burisma corruption, investigating the Bidens for corruption, was baseless and a sham."

Cruz said called the House proposition "Absurd."

"They said there wasn't a shred of evidence concerning corruption. We've just seen two hours of evidence." Trump had "an obligation" to investigate corruption that potentially reached to the highest levels of government, he added.

Cruz said he doesn't think additional witnesses are necessary, but if that's where the Senate goes, "I think at a minimum, the most important witness for the Senate to hear from is now Hunter Biden."


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