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Rand Paul: Without Chief Justice, Impeachment is Just “Political Theater”

In a new op-ed for The Hill, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) argued that if Chief Justice John Roberts does not preside over the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, then it is not constitutional.

“The Constitution says two things about impeachment — it is a tool to remove the office holder, and it must be presided over by the chief justice of the Supreme Court,” Paul wrote. “If Justice Roberts is not presiding over this, then it is not impeachment. This charade will be nothing more than bitter partisanship and political theater.”

According to a Politico report last week, sources inside Capitol Hill are saying that Roberts has expressed no interest in being a part of the new trial. So far, however, Roberts has not issued a public statement about what role he will or will not have in the procedure.

Paul went on to say that while he did not agree with certain Republican lawmakers who wanted to perform “a little play for their supporters” by challenging the election results, he did not believe that people like Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump could be held responsible for what happened at the Capitol on January 6th.

“If we are to blame politicians for the most violent acts of their craziest supporters, then many of my colleagues would face some pretty harsh charges themselves. I’ve been shot at, assaulted and harassed by supporters of the left, including some who directly said the words of politicians moved them to this violence,” he wrote.

“I was there at the ball field when a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter almost killed Steve Scalise and seriously wounded several others,” he continued. “At the time, Democrats were arguing that the GOP plan for health care was ‘you get sick, then they let you die.’ Is it any wonder an insane left-wing gunman took that rhetoric to heart and concluded: ‘If the GOP is going to let me die then maybe I’ll just kill them first?’”

Paul said that if Biden and the Democrats want to preserve any chance of moving forward in a spirit of unity, they have to end their efforts to take “revenge” against Trump.

“I am more than willing to work with Democrats to find common ground on protecting civil liberties or ending some of our many foreign military interventions, but no unity or common ground will be found while Democrats continue to fight the last election,” he wrote. “This so-called impeachment is a farce and should be dismissed before it is even allowed to begin.”

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    • He calls it a political circus, this coming from a clown who makes legal steps a total mockery. You do not let a criminal get Scott free. Trump has threatened America with another run to further screw our Country. He should not be able to run. Our Country has suffered enough under his lack of knowledge and leadership.

      • If you actually BELIEVED what you’re saying “screw our Country” WHY are you afraid of him running??? If you are right he will not be reelected… He is the best this country had in over 50 years and did not take $1 for all his work while all your congressmen became missioners while DIS-serving us.

        • Without the rule of law their can not be unity. Those who commit TREASON against our US Constitution should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This was an attack on our nations capital and on our US Constitution. It was a failed insurrection attempt to turn America into Fascist state with Donald Trump as its leader.

          In my mind that is an act of treason that needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If the Senate fails to impeach Trump it will be up to the justice department to convict Trump. I believe there is enough evidence to convict Trump.

          Under the U.S. code, domestic terrorism is defined as violent acts that are committed within the U.S. and are a violation of federal or state criminal laws that are intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion.

          Bottom line is Donald Trump is headed for a prison cell.

          • Liberals like you believe what they are told to believe. Truth doesn’t matter to you. As a citizen not holding office, do you think you can be impeached? Wake up!

          • WELL OK THEN ! LETS LINE UP ALL THE DEMS THAT CALLED FOR VIOLENCE AGAINIST REPUBLICANS! THAT CAUSED DEATH AND DESTRUCTION OF AMERICAN PEOPLE AND PROPERTY! NO? DIDNT SEE IT? DIDNT HEAR THE CALL TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO TAKE THEM (TRUMP SUPPORTERS) DOWN? HALF OF CONGRESS SHOULD BE IN A PRISON CELL! PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO HATE DONALD TRUMP WANT TO HURT AMERICANS ONLY BECAUSE OF WHO WE VOTED FOR.YOU DONT WANT AMERICA TO SUCCED YOU WANT ONLY WHAT YOU WANT ! LIKE A CHILD WHO STOMPS HIS FEET AND SCREAMS WHEN HE DOESNT GET HIS WAY AND DOESNT CARE ABOUT ANYONE ELSE. THAT IS YOU AND YOUR PARTY. SO MAYBE YOU SHOULD GET IN LINE WITH THE OTHERS WHO SCREAM FOR INJUSTICE AND SAY AND DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO HURT OTHERS FOR THE SAKE OF GETTINGB YOUR WAY NO MATTER WHO IT HURTS. YOU ARE NOT FOR AMERICA YOU ARE SELFISH AND YOU ARE THE VERY UGLY THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE. GET IN LINE BECAUSE YOU ARE INCITING VIOLENCE AND YOU SHOULD BE IN PRISON.

          • After Obama, Holder,Clinton’s Omar, Comey and Company all who perverted justice in the Clinton (Matter) Investigation and the Uranium 1 sale. Do I need to continue as I could probably list another 20 or more

  1. I totally agree with Senator Rand, The Impeachment case/ trial presided by a Democrat Senator -It’s a total farce! Anyway we (the voters) look at it!! Is this Mr. Biden & Democrats’ way of bringing America together??

    • Dems DON’T understand the meaning of UNITY, & Bide DOESN’T understand ANYTHING!!!

      GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!
      GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
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  2. This is REDICULOUS, A WASTE OF TIME, & A WASTE OF MONEY … not to mention it’s
    “UNCONSTITUTIONAL”!!!!
    Keep fighting for JUSTICE Rand Paul!!!! We support you!!!!

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!
    GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
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  3. Apparently there is NOTHING more important to the AMERICAN PEOPLE!!! Hey Nancy .. get off you saggy derriere & DO YOUR JOB!!!

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!
    GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
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    • God Bless America and God Bless President Trump!!!
      I hope the American people see the value of our precious Democracy . Vote for our representative official in different level of government based on the policy and qualification, not based on personality .
      Most importantly , Stop voting for political clowns ( who know to sweet talk , lie and cheat . Or else there will be Tyranny for ourselves and children generation to come . I had been living in communist and socialist regime before . Now we stand for A Free America democratic Republic . God bless everyone with righteousness !!!

  4. without the Chief Justice PRESIDING, this IMPEACHMENT is ANOTHER Abomination. One Enlightened Patriot. Team Trump and His Allies 2020 – MAGA (WE’RE NOT Going away!).

  5. Did The pathetic neurotic Rand Paul estch the last trial??? Chief Justice did nothing that the janitor could have done. CJ Roberts is very respectable but his participation was limited by law. Meanwhile Rand shutup! You are a moron. You thinl this rhetoric is going to heighten your RQ? Repub quotient! The base is uneducated. Whether white supremust or holier than thou evangelicals, they are scared and ineffectual. They believe anything shich is why lies work so well. FromTrump, Hanmity, Limbaugh, and Fox; they can’t survive unless they lie to their followers. Pretty pathetic.

    • STFU you libta*d troll. Your pathetic oxygen thieving party has us down the road to socialism/communism. You idiots live in a bubble, because you can’t do your own research, you let someone else tell you what to do. It’s called an Unconstitutional ” Bill of Attainder”. Look it up, or maybe some other dumba*s in your family that doesn’t have to take their shoes off to count past ten. Keep watching CNN, they love uneducated idiots such as yourself.

  6. Everyone should read the conditions for Impeachment. It comes from English law, the outline includes the objective to remove a “SITTING PRESIDENT”. The conditions are that the trial will be held by the Seante and the Chief Judge of the Supreme Court will direct the hearing.

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