Rand Paul wasn’t too happy when Chief Justice John Roberts censored his question and immediately left the room and held a press conference to denounce the move.
“My question is not about a “whistle-blower” as I have no independent information on his identity. My question is about the actions of known Obama partisans within the NSC and House staff and how they are reported to have conspired before impeachment proceedings had even begun,” Rand Paul said.
On the subject of foreign aid Rand Pail also made a few good points, “We should all be very wary of giving them money. It’s true of foreign aid in particular. I don’t want to say just all Ukrainians are crooks — most people in foreign governments who receive our money, or a lot of them, are crooks and have stolen it,” he said.
“They skim it off the top. They’re thieves,” Paul added.
CNN also reported that Chief Justice John Roberts publicly refused to read a question from Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky during the Senate impeachment trial that named the alleged Ukraine whistle-blower.
“The presiding officer declines to read the question as submitted,” Roberts said after receiving the question card.
Rand Paul had expressed frustration with GOP leadership during the trial Wednesday night after it was made clear Roberts would not read his question that named the alleged Ukraine whistle-blower, sources with knowledge of the situation said.
The development brought Roberts into an unusual position in the trial, where he has served in large part to guide the proceedings, not to decide or make any rulings on how they progress.
However, prior to the 16-hour question-and-answer period for Wednesday’s trial, Roberts made clear that he would not read the alleged name of the whistle-blower, nor would he consider questions that would move to clearly identify the individual, the sources said. Roberts, in his role, reads each question submitted by senators.