Rand Paul on McCain’s Criticisms Of Trump: ‘We’re Very Lucky John McCain Is Not in Charge’

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Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) addressed Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) criticism of the Trump administration. Partial transcript as follows: KARL: And I think it’s fair to say that you are second to none in the Senate when it comes to fighting for civil liberties. So let me ask you about specifically what he’s saying about the press. He is saying now that the news media is the enemy of the American people. Do you agree with that? PAUL: It’s not something that I would say. I would say that there is bias. And I think it’s fair to point out that there is bias in the media on both sides, both right and left. And that it’s very hard to find objective news because we have gotten, particularly as you watch cable news, it’s so dominated by opinion. And we are more polarized. And some of that comes from the people and some of that comes from the media. But I would say that I don’t see in his criticism, somehow, people think that the separation of powers means that the president can’t criticize the judiciary. No, it has nothing to do with that. That’s more
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Rand Paul on Trump Presser: ‘He Can Captivate the Attention of Both Media and Public’

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Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called President Donald Trump’s press conference on Thursday the “most interesting press conference ever” and added, “He can captivate the attention of both media and public.” Partial transcript as follows: EARHARDT: What did you think about the presser yesterday? PAUL: Quite interesting and maybe the most interesting press conference ever. So, our president is unique in the sense that he can captivate the attention of both media and public. And I think he does and he gets right to the point. He doesn’t beat around the bush. He has a style distinct to himself. (h/t Grabien) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Rand Paul: ‘Somebody Should Go To Jail’ For Trump Intel Leaks

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Tuesday on CNN’s “Wolf,” while discussing leaks about the unverified dossier on President-elect Donald Trump and Russia and leaks about the intelligence briefing received by the president-elect, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) doubled down on a claim he made last week suggesting jail time for the parties behind the leak. Partial transcript as follows: PAUL: I think it’s unseemly that people in our intelligence community, the CIA director, is out there giving press conferences, criticizing the incoming president — I think that’s inexcusable and I would not have anybody in the CIA that’s publicly criticizing the president. It’s not their job, it’s not their role and it’s frankly, unseemly, and it takes away from the credibility. Look, the intelligence community has had a great loss of credibility in the last couple of years. James Clapper came to the Senate and lied under oath. Now we have the head of the CIA publicly criticizing the incoming president. I think that’s not the role of the CIA. The CIA should be in the background trying to protect our country and not out there trying to score political points. I think it’s a terrible and tragic day, and it hurts all of our intelligence
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Rand Paul: Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Shouldn’t be ‘Immune from Criticism’

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Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” in commenting on Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) saying, “I don’t see the president-elect as a legitimate president,” and the controversy over President-elect Trump’s tweets criticizing Lewis, Sen. Rand Paul said (R-KY) Lewis is not “immune from criticism’ because he is a civil rights icon. Paul added, “John Lewis is a partisan. I have a great deal of respect for him, but he is a partisan and I disagree with him on issues. I should be able to honestly disagree with him and not have it all come back to I have no appreciation for a civil rights icon because of this and I think that’s the part I think somehow is unfair in this.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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