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Rand Paul: Making Impeachment About Foreign Aid "A Big Mistake," Democrats "Will Live To Regret This"

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FNC/'YOUR WORLD W/ NEIL CAVUTO': Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) accuses Adam Schiff of abuse of power, predicting that no Republican in Congress will support Dems' 'partisan' impeachment push.

NEIL CAVUTO, FOX NEWS: Your thoughts on this, let's say, just odd day.  We have the impeachment sort of laid out in the House and a trade deal suddenly scored within hours with Mexico and Canada.  Your thoughts?
 
SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY): Yeah, you know, I think the -- one of the articles, being abuse of power, when I look at the proceedings, I see it, I guess, in a much different light.  I see a great deal of abuse of power from someone like Adam Schiff, who uses subpoena power to gather phone records of a journalist and phone records of a fellow congressman.  That, to me, smacks of abuse of power.  And so, I think it's in the eye of the beholder, and it looks very, very partisan in the sense that there is no crossover, there is no significant Republican.  In fact, I don't think there's going to be any Republican support in the House or the Senate for this impeachment.
 
CAVUTO: So, in the Senate, you include that.  If it gets to a trial in the Senate, you don't see any Republicans supporting impeachment.
 
PAUL: Right.  I think it's unlikely.  And think about it this way:  They're arguing that he damaged national security by withholding foreign aid.  Well, there are people like me and the president, frankly, who have argued that philosophically, foreign aid doesn't make us stronger, it makes us further in debt and actually makes us weaker.  So that's a political argument.  You can disagree with me, but you can't impeach the president because he doubts that foreign aid is actually good for us and he thinks the Europeans ought to pay more.  That's a position.  We run elections on that.  But making impeachment about the president's position on foreign aid I think is a big mistake.  And I think the Democrats actually will live to regret this because a lot of people are seeing this as a very partisan exercise and not really something that they're very serious about.



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