Rand Paul on Syria Strikes: ‘I Think It Is Unconstitutional’


Friday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Company,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called the U.S. strikes against an air base in Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack “unconstitutional.” According to Paul, the president should have come to Congress and he also questioned the wisdom of the attack because down the road it may have unintended consequences. “The only way the president is allowed to act unilaterally is to prevent an imminent attack or to respond to an imminent attack,” Paul said. “Even when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor, FDR came the next morning and asked Congress for approval before he did anything.” “I think it is unconstitutional,” he added. “The question whether or not is advisable, we should have a big robust debate. In the Iraq war, everyone was gleeful to go after an evil dictator — Saddam Hussein. And yet, the end result was Iran became stronger. And now, the same loud cries for war against Hussein are the same loud cries for war against Iran. So if we topple … Assad, what comes next? Would we like the Islamic rebels to take over? Perhaps they hate us and Israel more than Assad does.” Follow Jeff Poor
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Rand: Rice Committed a Crime, ‘Did Something That’s Devastating’

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During an interview on Thursday’s “Kilmeade & Friends” on Fox News Radio, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) responded to a question on whether he thought Susan Rice committed a crime by stating, “Yeah. I think she did something that’s devastating, and that is to take top secret information without a warrant for looking at an American individual, and exposed that individual, and then perhaps be associated with people who may have leaked this information.” Rand said that Rice “did something terribly damaging to the country because we can’t allow — you know, the intelligence community loses a lot of credibility when we find out it’s being politicized. And so, there are dangers really to having political people use top secret information for political purposes. And I think the more we learn about Susan Rice, the more we’re going to learn that she’s been involved, I think, in a lot of shenanigans with using intelligence at the White House for political purposes.” When asked if he thought Rice “committed a crime?” He answered, “Yeah. I think she did something that’s devastating, and that is to take top secret information without a warrant for looking at an American individual, and exposed that individual,
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Rand Paul: Susan Rice ‘Ought to Be Under Subpoena,’ Asked If Obama Knew About Eavesdropping


Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called on former National Security Advisor Susan Rice to be brought in front of Congress under subpoena and asked questions about allegations she was behind the unmasking of American identities in raw surveillance. Paul also said she should be asked about former President Barack Obama’s knowledge of these alleged activities. “For years, both progressives and libertarians have been complaining about these backdoor searches,” Paul said. “It’s not that we’re searching maybe one foreign leader and who they talk to; we search everything in the whole world. There were reports a couple of years ago that all of Italy’s phone calls were absorbed in a one month period of time. We were getting Merkel’s phone calls; we were getting everybody’s phone calls. But by rebound we are collecting millions of Americans phone calls. If you want to look at an American’s phone call or listen to it, you should have to have a warrant, the old fashioned way in a real court where both sides get represented.” “But a secret warrant by a secret court with a lower standard level because we’re afraid of terrorism is one thing for foreigners but both
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Rand Paul ‘Very Optimistic’ About Repealing Obamacare After Golfing with Trump


President Donald Trump golfed with Sen. Rand Paul this afternoon, together with White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. “We had a great day with the president. Played some golf, and we talked and we talked about a little bit of health care,” Paul told reporters after the game. “I continue to be very optimistic that we are getting closer and closer to an agreement on repealing Obamacare.” The group golfed at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virgina, not far from Washington, D.C. Paul remains one of the toughest opponents of the House drafted bill to replace Obamacare, asserting that it doesn’t sufficiently repeal the bill. Earlier in the week, Paul met with journalist Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report to discuss the future of the country. “Intriguing lunch in hill office of America’s best senator, Rand Paul,” Drudge wrote afterwards on Twitter. “He’s bold, brave and has somehow kept his heart in such a corrupt city.”  
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Exclusive — Rand Paul: ‘Easily 35 No Votes’ Against Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0, ‘I Would Predict They Pull Bill, Start Over’


Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News exclusively on Tuesday afternoon that he expects House Speaker Paul Ryan will be forced to pull the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before a scheduled Thursday vote because Ryan will not get the votes to pass the legislation. The AHCA has been dubbed “Obamacare Lite” by Paul — a leading conservative critic of the plan — and by other conservatives as “RyanCare,” “RINO-Care,” and “Obamacare 2.0,” since the bill does not actually fully repeal Obamacare and keeps many of the main structures that the now-former President Barack Obama installed in the healthcare system. It has come under intense scrutiny from both sides of the Republican Party — moderates and conservatives are lining up against the bill — and Ryan, despite publicly projecting confidence, cannot find the necessary 216 votes to pass the legislation. Paul, one of the leading senators out of more than a dozen Republicans in the upper chamber criticizing the bill there, told Breitbart News in this exclusive interview he believes there are at least 35 House Republicans ready to vote against the bill in its current form. And he predicted that, unless some major changes come to the legislation between now and the
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Rand Paul: I Don’t Believe Obamacare Lite Will Pass in the House


Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he believed the proposed Republican health care legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare will not pass through the House of Representatives, at which point he hopes “there will be a real negotiation.” Partial transcript as follows: STEPHANOPOULOS: Have you convinced enough conservatives in the house to vote no? PAUL: I talked to the House Freedom Caucus leadership over the weekend. They still believe that the conservatives in their caucus don’t want Obamacare light. I believe the real negotiation begins when we stop them. You have to stop them. Conservatives will only have a seat at the table if we have 21 votes in the house or 3 of 4 in the senate. At that point, there will be a real negotiation. I passed out to them all ‘The Art of the Deal,’ last week. because we need to learn from the master. And let’s make sure that we increase our leverage by holding the line. STEPHANOPOULOS:  You don’t think it will pass? PAUL: I don’t believe so. Enough Conservatives do not want Obamacare light. I think that they do not fix the problem. This is the biggest political mistake of
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