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Politics Rand Paul to force Senate vote on Hunter Biden testimony if GOP colleagues back Democratic witnesses

12:35  14 january  2020
12:35  14 january  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Rand Paul Randal ( Rand ) Howard Paul Democrats scramble to rein in Trump's Iran war powers Administration officials defend Trump claims Paul continued. My colleagues can’t have it both ways. Calling for some, while blocking others. Then we'll have a vote on witnesses , and at that stage I

A vote on bringing Hunter Biden or other witnesses desired by the White House to testify in an impeachment trial is in play, according to Sen. Rand Paul , R-Ky., Politico reports.

Sen. Rand Paul said he will force the Senate to vote on whether they want to hear impeachment testimony from Hunter Biden if his colleagues support hearing from witnesses proposed by Democrats.

Rand Paul wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building© Provided by Washington Examiner

Biden, 49, was at the center of President Trump’s request for Ukrainian leaders to investigate his father, Joe Biden, for possible corruption. While the elder Biden was leading diplomatic efforts in Ukraine as Obama’s vice president, the younger Biden received a high-paying position on the board of Burisma, an allegedly corrupt natural gas firm in Ukraine.

Many have questioned how Hunter Biden, who had a documented history of drug abuse and no substantial experience in the energy sector, was qualified for a job on Burisma’s board. Some Republicans have argued that Trump’s request for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and Burisma was justified.

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Senator Rand Paul threatened Thursday to trigger a vote that would force Joe Biden ’s son, Hunter Biden , to testify as a Paul made the comments despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for Republicans to avoid asking for testimony that could trigger a clash with Senate Democrats .

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Paul, 57, argued that Hunter Biden must testify to help Republicans consider whether Trump’s request for an investigation was substantiated by any corruption. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned to not call any witnesses forward, but there has been an effort among Republicans, such as Susan Collins, to bring in witnesses such as John Bolton for testimony.

On Monday night, Paul argued that Biden should be included in a list of witnesses, tweeting, “My colleagues can’t have it both ways. Calling for some, while blocking others. If we are going to give a platform to witnesses the Dems demand, I look forward to forcing votes to call Hunter Biden and many more!”

The Kentucky Republican included a link to a Politicoreport referencing a private conversation among Senate Republicans during which Paul issued a similar warning.

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Rand Paul offered a warning to his colleagues as they began debating whether to hear from witnesses like John Bolton in President Donald Trump’s “Don’t think you can just vote for Bolton and not the witnesses Trump wants,” Paul told senators at a party lunch last week, according to two

Last week, Collins said she was working with a "fairly small group" of GOP senators to allow new testimony , adding that her colleagues "should be Senior White House officials tell CBS News they increasingly believe that at least four Republicans, and likely more, will vote to call witnesses .

It remains unclear if GOP senators will call forward any witnesses or if they will stick to McConnell’s plan of moving forward with an expedited impeachment trial. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to turn over the impeachment this week after withholding the articles since mid-December.

Many House Republicans argued that Hunter Biden should testify prior to the impeachment vote, including Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who said, “I don’t want to make light of anybody’s substance abuse issues. I know the president's working real hard to solve those throughout the country. But it's a little hard to believe that Burisma hired Hunter Biden to resolve their international disputes when he could not resolve his own dispute with Hertz rental car over leaving cocaine and a crack pipe in the car.”

Democrat Schumer: impeachment witness trade involving Hunter Biden "off the table" .
USA-TRUMP/IMPEACHMENT-WITNESSES (URGENT):Democrat Schumer: impeachment witness trade involving Hunter Biden "off the table"WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday ruled out a so-called witness trade in which Republicans call witnesses Democrats want in exchange for former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden testifying in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

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