SEN. RAND PAUL



SEN. RAND PAUL

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InSider Trading  —  Sen. Rand Paul revealed Wednesday that his wife bought stock in Gilead Sciences — which makes an antiviral drug used to treat covid-19 — on Feb. 26, 2020, before the threat from the coronavirus was fully understood by the public and before it was classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

The disclosure, in a filing with the Senate, came 16 months after the 45-day reporting deadline set forth in the Stock Act, which is designed to combat insider trading.

Experts in corporate and securities law said the investment, and especially the delayed reporting of it, undermined trust in government and raised questions about whether the Kentucky Republican’s family had sought to profit from nonpublic information about the looming health emergency and plans by the U.S. government to combat it. Several senators sold large amounts of stocks in January or February of last year, prompting a handful of insider-trading probes. Most of those investigations concluded in the spring of 2020, according to notifications from the Justice Department to lawmakers under scrutiny.


Kicked Off YouTube  —  

(CNN)  —  Sen. Rand Paul just got temporarily kicked off YouTube for an inaccurate tirade against masks.   Sen. Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, has been airing ads that urge people to go out and get the vaccine.

The two Kentucky Republicans now perfectly exemplify the national divide over how to handle a deadly virus that is still ravaging the country -- and they couldn't be more diametrically opposed. McConnell has been one of the most consistent voices in the GOP when it comes to promoting health precautions, while Paul has become the face of the Republican resistance to Covid restrictions. 

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Of course, this is hardly the first time the Bluegrass State's senators have been at odds. McConnell has built a reputation as a calculated and methodical tactician, whereas Paul, a libertarian-minded Republican, is known for his brand of rabble-rousing politics and has no qualms about being a loner in his own party. Just this week they split on supporting a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. 

But the duo's latest divergence goes beyond politics or legislating styles: It's a debate over public health. And while Paul has told CNN "I'm not anti-vaccine," his message is threatening to directly undermine McConnell's mission to protect the people of Kentucky and beyond — an objective that is deeply personal for McConnell, a polio survivor. 

Meanwhile, the pandemic picture in their home state is starting to worsen. Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, said on Thursday that surging Covid-19 cases across the southern US should be alarming to Kentuckians, because the state is following suit and hospitals are filling up. 

"What we're seeing, just to the South ... ought to be ringing alarm bells throughout this commonwealth," said Beshear. "We never thought we'd see ourselves at a point like that again."

Despite their differences, McConnell and Paul have, at times, had a marriage of political convenience. After Paul stunned the political establishment by defeating McConnell's hand-pick candidate in the 2010 Senate race, the two developed a bond after the senior senator counseled the tea party conservative and gave him advice in navigating the choppy terrains during the tumultuous general election. Mitch McConnell is doing something he deserves a lot of credit forAnd in 2014, McConnell benefited from his alliance with Paul in beating back a primary challenger on his right. Two years later, McConnell endorsed Paul's presidential bid. 

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But the two have had their disputes -- including in 2018 when Paul briefly caused a government shutdown over his demand for a vote on an amendment that McConnell wouldn't allow. 

On the coronavirus, their disagreements have been the most apparent. Early on, McConnell was preaching about the importance of wearing a mask, saying there should be "no stigma" about taking safety measures to help curb the virus. 

By contrast, Paul, a doctor, was the lone senator who refused to wear a mask in the Capitol during the pre-vaccine days of the pandemic. Paul said that after contracting Covid-19, he was immune -- though public health experts say it's unclear how long antibodies last in people who have been infected by the virus. 

Paul opposed a coronavirus aid package last year that McConnell helped negotiate. And as McConnell was campaigning on the 96-0 passage of the CARES Act that was approved by Congress in March 2020, Paul later told CNN he would have voted against it had he attended the vote (Paul missed the vote as he was isolating after contracting the virus at the time). 

Now, as the Delta variant causes a spike in infections and vaccination rates remain low in red areas, frustrations -- and finger-pointing -- have started to erupt. Concerns have also started to grow about the emergence of "two Americas," with red states in particular battling a new surge in cases as GOP governors refuse to reinstate safety protocols like mask wearing.

While some Republicans have jumped on the McConnell bandwagon in encouraging Americans to get the vaccine, many in the party are still railing against mask and vaccine mandates and trying to turn the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into a political punching bag. 

And some GOP lawmakers, including Paul and controversial Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, have even been suspended from social media platforms for spreading misinformation about vaccines and the virus. 


History  —  Sen. Randal Howard Paul  —  (born January 7, 1963) is an American physician and politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Kentucky since 2011. He is the son of former three-time presidential candidate and twelve-term U.S. Representative of Texas Ron Paul.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Paul attended Baylor University and is a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine. Paul began practicing ophthalmology in 1993 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 

 In 2003 he withdrew from the American Board of Ophthalmology and declared himself self-certified by his National Board of Ophthalmology.  He continued working and established his own clinic in December 2007. In 2010, Paul entered politics by running for a seat in the United States Senate. A Republican, Paul has described himself as a constitutional conservative and a supporter of the Tea Party movement.

Paul was a candidate for the Republican nomination at the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He suspended his campaign in February 2016 after finishing in fifth place during the Iowa caucuses. While initially in opposition to newly elected President Trump, this shifted to being supportive during the time of the President's first impeachment.

TRUTH - Sen. Rand Paul likes himself, few others can stand him as he is an obstructionist, cheat, liar, scene stealer and not a team player, basically speaking in simple terms, one prominent Republican whispered  
(they whisper a lot since they are all cowards) “ Where did we find this frickin moron”. It’s friday and I want to go home  —  


Political Positions  —  A supporter of the Tea Party movement,  Paul has described himself as a "constitutional conservative”.  He is generally described as a libertarian, a term he both embraced and rejected during his first Senate campaign. He supports term limits, a balanced budget amendment, and the Read the Bills Act, in addition to the widespread reduction of federal spending and taxation. He favors a flat tax rate of 14.5% for individuals and business, while eliminating the FICA payroll taxes, as well as taxes on inheritance, gifts, capital gains, dividends, and interest.

Paul has frequently appeared on Infowars with radio show host and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Ideologically, the American Conservative Union has given Paul a lifetime conservative rating of 96% and the Conservative Review gave him a 92% score.   Since the 2016 Republican primary, when Paul was highly critical of Trump, he has "become one of the president's closest allies despite occasionally voting against Trump's nominees and legislative proposals. " As of June 2020, according to FiveThirtyEight, Paul had voted with President Trump's position on congressional issues 70% of the time, the second lowest among all Republican senators.

Abortion  —  Paul describes himself as "100% pro life", believing that legal personhood begins at fertilization.  In 2009, his position was to ban abortion under all circumstances.   Since 2010, he has said he would allow for a doctor's discretion in life-threatening cases such as ectopic pregnancies.   In 2011, Paul signed onto the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act which was intended to prohibit federal funding for abortion, with the notable exception of abortions in the case of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother.

Immigration  —  In 2017, following President Trump's decision to repeal the previous Obama Administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) order, Paul outlined his own solution to the issue of undocumented immigration which included naturalizing DACA beneficiaries over a five-year period as part of the yearly immigrant quota, and also endorsed a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in general. Paul said he opposes gross spending on the border, and feels sympathy for most immigrants regardless of status, the DACA beneficiaries in particular.   Paul was one of 11 Republicans in 2019 to vote against Trump's demand for "emergency border funding”.

LGBTQ  —  Paul has said that same-sex marriage "offends [himself] and a lot of people" on a personal level, and said there is a "crisis that allows people to think there would be some other sorts of marriage.”  Prior to the Supreme Court's 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage across the United States, Paul held the view that the decision to ban same-sex marriage should be in the hands of states.

 Following the Court's decision, Paul said in 2015, "While I disagree with Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage, I believe that all Americans have the right to contract. The Constitution is silent on the question of marriage because marriage has always been a local issue. Our founding fathers went to the local courthouse to be married, not to Washington, D.C. I’ve often said I don't want my guns or my marriage registered in Washington."

During Rachel Levine's confirmation hearing with the Senate HELP Committee to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Biden, Paul compared transgender medicine to "genital mutilation" and accused her of supporting “surgical destruction of a minor’s genitalia." Paul was rebuked by committee chairman Patty Murray, as well as multiple House and Senate Democrats, who were to vote on the Equality Act that same day. 

Foreign policy

Paul being interviewed by Jerry Doyle at Liberty Political Action Conference (LPAC) 2011 in Reno, Nevada, September 16, 2011.

Unlike his more stridently "non-interventionist" father, Paul concedes a role for American armed forces abroad, including permanent foreign military bases.

He has said that he blames supporters of the Iraq War and not President Obama for the growth in violence that occurred in 2014, and that the Iraq War "emboldened" Iran.

Dick Cheney, John McCain and Rick Perry responded by calling Paul an isolationist, but Paul has pointed to opinion polls of likely GOP primary voters as support for his position.  In 2011, shortly after being elected, Paul proposed a budget which specified $542 billion in defense spending. In 2015, he called for a defense budget of $697 billion.

Referring to ISIS, Paul stated: "I personally believe that this group would not be in Iraq and would not be as powerful had we not been supplying their allies in the war [against Syrian Bashar al-Assad's government]. " Paul then supported airstrikes against ISIS, but questioned the constitutionality of Obama's unilateral actions without a clear congressional mandate. Paul has stated concerns about arms sent to Syrian rebels that wind up in unfriendly hands   In December 2018 he supported President Trump's decision to pull the US army out from the Syrian Civil war.

In 2016, Paul was one of the first members of Congress to come out in opposition to United States support for the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.  In June 2017, Paul tried to block Trump administration's plan to sell more weapons to Saudi Arabia.   In April 2018, he again criticized the U.S.-Saudi Arabia alliance, highlighting that "Saudi Arabia has funded radical madrassas, teaching hatred of America throughout the world, and that Saudi Arabia also supplied arms to ISIS in the Syrian civil war.”  Paul said that U.S.-backed Saudi blockade of Yemen has further aggravated the humanitarian crisis in the country.

Paul, like his father, has also been a critic of neoconservatism, and urged Trump to not choose prominent neoconservative Elliott Abrams to serve as Deputy Secretary of State. In April 2018, Paul voted for the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State.  Paul had previously insisted that he would not confirm Pompeo, citing Pompeo's hawkish foreign policy beliefs.

In June 2019, Paul criticized the Trump administration for escalating tensions with Iran. Said Paul: "One of the things I like about President Trump is that he said the Iraq War was a mistake. I think an Iran war would be even a bigger mistake than the Iraq War.”   In January 2020 he criticized the US airstrike on Baghdad International Airport which killed high-level Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Paul stated that the attack will increase tensions between the two countries.

On June 12, 2017, U.S. senators reached an agreement on legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia and Iran. The bill was opposed only by Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders.  In July 2018, shortly after 12 Russian intelligence officers have been charged with hacking and leaking emails of senior Democrats, he described the Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as a "witch hunt on the president”.

That same month, Paul blocked a Senate resolution that backed the intelligence community's assessment of Russian election interference and called on President Trump to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller.  In August 2018 Paul traveled to Moscow and met with several Russian senators, including Sergey Kislyak. In May 2019, Paul opposed the decision of the Senate Intelligence committee, chaired by Republican Senator Richard Burr, to subpoena Donald Trump Jr., a close friend of Paul's, to testify in front of Congress about his involvement with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. In July 2018, Paul was among only two Senators to vote against a Senate motion supporting NATO.

On July 1, 2020, the Senate rejected Paul's amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act which would have required the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan within a year and brought an end to the 19-year war.


Criminal Justice Issues  —  
Paul speaking with former U.S. Congressman Allen West.  Who departed Congress labeled as an idiot. They deserve each other.  

  • Paul has focused on criminal justice reform as a legislative priority. 
  • He introduced the Justice Safety Valve Act in 2013 to provide judges with greater sentencing flexibility.
  •  The Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act in 2014 to restore voting rights for non-violent felons
  • The REDEEM Act in 2014 to allow sealing and expungement for non-violent crimes
  • The FAIR Act in 2014 to rein in police use of civil asset forfeiture
  • The RESET Act in 2014 to address the crack sentencing disparity and how drugs are weighed
  • The Police CAMERA Act in 2015 to increase the use of body cameras by police
  • The Stop Militarizing Our Law Enforcement Act in 2015 to reduce the use of military equipment by police
  • The MERCY Act in 2015 to restrict the use of solitary confinement on juveniles
  • The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act in 2017 to encourage states to reform bail policies
  • The Pregnant Women in Custody Act in 2018 to protect the health and safety of pregnant women in prison
  • And the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act in 2020 to end the use of no-knock warrants.
  • Paul says policies such as the war on drugs and mandatory minimum sentencing have particularly harmed minorities.
  • In 2020, Paul held up bipartisan legislation that would make lynching a federal crime. Paul said that he thought lynching should be "universally condemned", but wanted an amendment to clarify that the causation of non-fatal injuries would not be considered lynching.
  • Paul was one of six Republican Senators to vote no on expanding the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which would allow the US Justice Department to review hate crimes related to COVID-19 and establish an online database.
  • On May 28, 2021, Paul voted against creating an independent commission to investigate the 2021 United States Capitol attack.


  • Cannabis  —  On cannabis legalization, Paul says the issue should be left up to the states and that "you ought to be able to pretty much do what you want to do as long as you don't hurt somebody else”.   Regarding medical use, Paul has endorsed efforts to legalize in Kentucky and introduced the CARERS Act in 2015 to legalize medical cannabis at the federal level.
  •  Paul has also supported states' rights-focused cannabis legislation, introducing the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment in 2014, cosponsoring the STATES Act in 2018, and introducing other amendments. Paul introduced the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act in 2015 to allow cannabis businesses increased access to banks.
  • Regarding industrial hemp cultivation, Paul has supported efforts to legalize in Kentucky and at the federal level as well, introducing the Industrial Hemp Farming Act in 2013.  In 2020 he introduced the Hemp Economic Mobilization Plan (HEMP) Act to increase the THC limit of hemp from 0.3% to 1%.

Government Surveillance  —  As a critic of warrantless surveillance of Americans, Paul says "the Fourth Amendment is equally as important as the Second Amendment" and has called for conservatives to more strongly defend Fourth Amendment rights.[ In 2015 Paul spoke for ten and a half hours on the Senate floor against renewing provisions of the PATRIOT Act that he said were unconstitutional.  Paul has called Edward Snowden a "whistleblower" and called for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to resign for "lying" about the phone metadata program that Snowden exposed.  He also filed a class action lawsuit against the Obama administration seeking to end the program. Paul gave a speech at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 titled "The N.S.A. vs. Your Privacy”.

Climate Change  —  Paul has not definitively accepted the scientific consensus on climate change, which states that global warming is real, progressing, and primarily caused by humans. Paul has said pollution emissions are subject to "onerous regulation." In 2018, Paul called for an investigation of a National Science Foundation grant that went towards educating meteorologists about the science of climate change. Paul said the grant was "not science" but "propagandizing”.


Disease Control  —  
Paul has spread false claims about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

  • In 2009, Paul was interviewed by conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones, and suggested mandatory vaccination would be akin to martial law.
  • On February 2, 2015, he told Fox TV host Laura Ingraham regarding vaccinations, that "most should be voluntary." His remarks generated controversy by suggesting that states should not require parents to vaccinate their children, because parents should have the freedom to make that decision for their children. 
  • Later that day, in an interview with CNBC, Paul clarified this statement, commenting "I'm not arguing vaccines are a bad idea. I think they are a good thing, but I think the parent should have some input. The state doesn't own your children. 
  • Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom.” 
  • Afterward, he added about vaccines, "I've heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.” On February 3, he posted a photograph to Twitter of himself being vaccinated.
  • In 2014, Paul argued that the Obama administration and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were downplaying the threat posed by Ebola virus in the United States. Ultimately, nine people infected with Ebola returned in the United States, two nurses contracted the disease within the US, and two of the returning travelers died.
  • In early May 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, Paul said that stay-at-home orders amounted to "dictatorship" by Kentucky's Democratic Governor Andy Beshear.   
  • Paul clashed with Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at a Senate committee hearing on September 23, 2020. Paul asked Fauci if he had "second thoughts" about the CDC's mitigation recommendations, including mask-wearing and maintaining a six feet space of social distancing.  
  •  Paul said New York's high fatality rate showed that mitigation efforts were insufficient.   Fauci replied, "You've misconstrued that Senator, and you've done that repetitively in the past," saying that New York had succeeded in getting the virus under control by adhering to the CDC's clinical guidelines.  
  • In May 2021, during President Biden's push to persuade more Americans to be vaccinated, Paul said he personally was choosing not to get the COVID vaccine, justifying his decision by saying that,  "I’ve already had the disease and I have natural immunity" and that,  "in a free country...each individual would get to make the medical decision.”
  • At Senate hearings in May and July 2021, Sen. Paul debated Dr. Anthony Fauci on the origin's of COVID-19, gaining media attention for his concerns on the risks of lab work.   In July 2021, Fauci responded to Paul's allegations and called him a liar.
  • In August 2021, Paul was suspended from YouTube for a week under the company's misinformation policy after he published a video which falsely claims that masks are not effective. Paul also released a video of himself calling on people to "resist" public health measures to halt the spread of COVID-19.

2017 Assault  —  On November 3, 2017, Paul was assaulted by a neighbor, Rene Boucher (then aged 59), a retired anesthesiologist. Paul, who is deaf in one ear,  was wearing noise-canceling headphones while mowing his lawn, reportedly enabling Boucher to tackle Paul without his own approach being noticed.

Boucher was arrested and charged with one count of fourth-degree assault and released on a $7,500 bond. Paul sustained five broken ribs, of which three were displaced fractures. In August 2019, part of Paul's lung required removal as a result of the injuries he suffered during the attack.

Boucher's attorney, Matthew Baker, described it as "a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial”.  According to a memorandum filed by Baker the dispute was over Paul repeatedly leaving tree yard debris near his property line with his neighbor.  Rand Paul and his wife deny this, they claim that the "media" has "misrepresented" this "from the beginning" and that the attack was "politically motivated." They claim that Boucher had threatened Donald Trump earlier and that he was "a vocal hater" of Trump and the GOP.

Boucher was originally charged in Kentucky state court,  but was later charged in federal court, where he ultimately pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress. The state-court charge was dismissed after Boucher pleaded guilty to the federal charge.   Boucher was initially sentenced to 30 days in prison, one year of probation, 100 hours of community service, and a $10,000 fine. The federal prosecutors had sought a 21-month term and appealed the lenient sentence.

In September 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit vacated Boucher's sentence of 30 days, ruling it was unreasonably short, indicating "closer review" was in order, and the case was sent back to the lower court for re-sentencing.  

 An appeal to the Supreme Court was denied.  At his re-sentencing, Boucher received a prison term of eight months, plus another six months of home confinement, and was given credit for the 30 days he had previously served. 

Prosecutors felt the downward departure from their request for a 21-month sentence was too great, but the judge said Boucher's eight years in the military, being forced to sell his home to pay a $580,000 judgment assessed by the state court against him in the civil case brought by Paul, and his completed community service mitigated against any additional prison time. Boucher expressed his regrets and contrition for his attack.

2020 COVID-19 Diagnosis  —  Paul announced on March 22, 2020, that he had tested positive for COVID-19 amid the ongoing pandemic of the disease. He was the first member of the United States Senate to test positive.  Paul received bipartisan criticism from his Senate colleagues after it was discovered that he attended Senate lunches and used the Senate gym while awaiting his test results; he defended his actions because he had no symptoms of the illness and believed it was "highly unlikely" he was sick.  On April 7, 2020, Paul announced his recovery.


2020 RNC Confrontation  —  In August 2020, immediately following his attendance at the keynote speech delivered by President Donald Trump for the 2020  Republican National Convention held at the White House, Paul was confronted by protestors on his way to a hotel with his wife.  

A police perimeter was formed that escorted the Pauls away from the crowd, with one of the escorting officers being pushed in the process. The protestors' main contention point with Paul was the shooting of Breonna Taylor and their demands for Paul to "say her name”. 

However, as was pointed out by several media organizations in the aftermath of the incident, Paul had previously authored a bill named after Taylor aiming to make no-knock warrants illegal. The man who had pushed the police officer protecting the Pauls was later charged with assault, with the officer in question receiving stitches for his injuries.

08/21/2021   aljacobsladder.com