Rand Paul blocks resolution for release of Mueller Report unless it includes communications of Obama officials

Time to venture boldly through the looking-glass … Sen. Rand Paul is among the millions who think so. The Republican senator from Kentucky effectively blocked a resolution Thursday that called for the public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Objecting to the resolution, he argued that the communications of officials in the Obama administration be released first, to include those of former CIA Director John Brennan and Former FBI Director James Comey, as relating to the beginning of the Russia probe. Others no doubt among that vile cartel would be Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr, James Clapper, Susan Rice, and Loretta Lynch.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Democrat from Minnesota and 2020 presidential candidate, had asked for unanimous consent in the Senate for the resolution. The measure passed in the House in February by a 420-0 vote. She declined to amend the resolution as outlined by Paul.

This is actually the third time Senate Republicans have blocked the resolution.

“We will agree to see the Mueller report as long as the other side will agree to show us the communications that took place in deciding to promote this fake allegation against the president and whether there was misuse of their office,” said Paul on the Senate floor Thursday. “We based this investigation on a lie, we should investigate who the liars were.

“We need to know was there malfeasance, was there misuse of power, did President Obama’s administration get involved in an election to infiltrate the Trump campaign to trap them?” he said. “What we need to discover and we do not yet know: Was President Obama involved?”

To his credit, Paul made a key promise to make it his mission to rein in tyrannical government power over Americans’ personal liberties. The ridiculous, wasteful Russia hoax is a prime example.

Senate rules stipulate that any one senator can request that any bill or resolution be passed. Because it requires the sign-off of every senator, any one senator can also block their request.

Senate Democrats have repeatedly tried to pass the House resolution arguing there is “overwhelming public interest” in the government releasing the contents of the Mueller report. The resolution calls on the Justice Department to fully release the report to Congress and to release it to the public “except to the extent the public disclosure of any portion thereof is expressly prohibited by law.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican from Kentucky, blocked the resolution on Wednesday.

Lindsey Graham, South Carolina senator from South Carolina blocked it earlier in the month because Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat from New York, would not amend it to call on the Justice Department to appoint special counsel to investigate alleged department malfeasance in the handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal and the FISA applications related to Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

Paul had previously warned that he would block the resolution unless information about the opposition research dossier compiled against then-candidate Trump was released.

“I don’t care whether it’s a Democrat president or a Republican president, we should not waste the time of the entire country sending spies into campaigns, making false accusations and tying the country in knots for two years,” Paul said.


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