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    Rand Paul: Is Quid Pro Quo the Status Quo?

    By Sen. Rand Paul

    Isn’t all foreign aid supposed to be quid pro quo?

    We give you this aid — on the expectation that you will not steal any of it for personal use, that you will spend it as we instruct, and on the understanding that if you don’t spend the money as we command, you won’t get any more next year.

    Democrats want people to be alarmed by a Latin phrase, but, really, making foreign aid contingent on behavior is actually the defining reason that countries supposedly give aid — to influence the behavior of the receiving country.

    For example, for our military aid, we demand that it be spent buying from the American military-industrial complex. Foreign countries are legally bound to use the money we give them to buy armaments from American manufacturers.

    Likewise, we often demand government reforms and an end to corruption. Sometimes we have demanded specific actions, such as when former Vice President Joe Biden demanded the prosecutor looking into his son’s company be fired.

    So, really, “quid pro quo” seems to be the norm rather than the exception.

    The Ex-Im Bank loans money to foreign entities — the quid — and demands that the foreigners buy American-made goods — the quo.

    But Democrats opine that Trump made foreign aid (welfare) contingent on investigating a potential rival, which makes the whole quid pro quo exchange somehow an impeachable offense.

    But I’ve yet to hear Democrats complain about the money (quid) that Hillary Clinton paid foreign spy Christopher Steele to get dirt (the quo) on her political opponent — Donald Trump.

    Do Democrats really believe they can sweep the quid pro quo of Hillary Clinton and Christopher Steele under the rug and ignore it?

    The Senate should immediately commence public hearings that parallel the House hearings. The Senate hearings should investigate the quid pro quo of Hillary Clinton transferring money to a foreign spy in exchange for the Steele dossier.

    Hillary Clinton should be compelled to answer under oath: was there a quid pro quo?

    Former CIA head and current Trump-hater John Brennan should be summoned and asked: “Did you contact any foreign spy agencies or agents (active or retired) to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump?” Was there a quid pro quo?

    Former FBI head and current Trump-hater James Comey should be summoned and asked: “Did the FBI exchange money with a foreign spy to collect information on candidate Donald Trump?” Was there a quid pro quo?

    If Democrats want the American people to believe Donald Trump did something wrong in asking Ukraine to investigate the $50,000 a month that Hunter Biden was receiving, they will first have to admit that their fearless leader Hillary Clinton actually did much worse by paying a foreign spy, Christopher Steele, money for dirt on Trump.

    To convince the American public that their impeachment inquiry is anything other than empty partisanship, the Democrats will also have to admit that the Obama administration ginned up and purposefully spread the now-discredited Steele dossier. Democrats will further have to admit that Robert Mueller’s $35 million investigation found the Steele dossier to be pure fiction.

    When the Democrats admit that they have committed “quid pro quo” a dozen times in trying to entrap President Trump, then, and only then, will American voters consider their impeachment inquiry anything other than a witch hunt.

    Rand Paul is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate, representing the State of Kentucky.

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    Ah, yes. There is is. I have been waiting for someone to make this point.

    Of course it was Rand Paul to do so.

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    President Donald Trump has the right to withhold aid to Ukraine—or any other country—where he believes there is corruption, said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
    “I think we’ve gotten lost in this whole idea of quid pro quo,” Paul said on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday.
    “If you’re not allowed to give aid to people who are corrupt, there’s always contingencies on aid. Presidents since the beginning of time have resisted Congress and there’s been this sort of back-and-forth jockeying over what is sent,” he said.
    “But also, presidents have withheld aid before for corruption. I think it’s a mistake to say, ‘Oh, he withheld aid until he got what he wanted.'”
    A House Democrat-led impeachment inquiry against President Trump is focusing on whether or not the White House pressured Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. Democrats have alleged there was quid pro quo involved in Trump’s call with Kyiv, which the president has denied.

    “Well, if it’s corruption and he believes there to be corruption, he has every right to withhold aid,” Paul told the broadcaster on Sunday.
    Multiple administration officials, according to transcripts of depositions released by House Democrats this week, have alleged that they think the White House tied military aid to Ukraine opening an investigation on corruption.
    Paul said that he would make a different argument than what the White House is currently making.
    “I would make the argument that every politician in Washington is trying to manipulate Ukraine to their purposes. They’re all doing it,” he said on Sunday.
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said that he believed that Trump was concerned about corruption in the country.

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