As President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team wrapped up their closing arguments for the Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul went on the attack against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — even suggesting that the president sue the senator for defamation.
According to the Daily Caller, Paul held nothing back during an interview on Fox News, in which he slammed Schumer for accusing Trump’s children of making money because their father is in politics.
“You know, I’m offended and shocked that Schumer would be so scurrilous as to accuse the president and his children of making money illegally off of politics when the only people we know have made money off of this have been Hunter Biden and Joe Biden,” Paul said.
Paul was responding to Schumer’s recent comments on how he believes the president’s children — Ivanka, Eric and Don Jr. — are cashing in on their father’s position in the White House.
“The only people we know who have actually made money? Hunter Biden and now John Bolton. And they’re not objective–John Bolton is not objective in any way now that he’s cashing million dollar checks. To have Schumer come up and say out of the blue, ‘Maybe the president’s kids are making money,’ with no evidence at all, that’s defamation and they ought to sue him,” Paul added.
Paul, who hasn’t always been on board with the president’s policies — especially when it comes to military actions abroad — has taken a stand for Trump for the duration of the impeachment inquiry and subsequent Senate trial.
Not long ago, Paul made headlines after he said he would force a vote to call Hunter Biden to testify if Democrats are allowed to call witnesses. He has also threatened to personally reveal the anonymous whistleblower from the U.S intelligence community who filed the original report that would eventually spark Trump’s impeachment.
As previously reported by Daily Sounder, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled on Tuesday that Republicans do not have enough votes to block the calling of impeachment witnesses, which could set up a considerably extended impeachment trial, as Democrats increase pressure to call John Bolton to the stand.