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Rand Paul: We Should Focus on Protecting Our Elections and Not the ‘Witch Hunt on the President’

Senator Rand Paul called the indictments of Russian intel officers a good thing on CNN this morning, but he still decried the “witch hunt” against President Donald Trump anyway.

Paul told Jake Tapper right off the bat, in response to the indictments, that the United States meddles in other countries’ elections too.

“It sounds as though you are saying that the United States has done the equivalent of what the Russians did,” Tapper observed.

Paul said he doesn’t consider them “morally equivalent,” but added “in their mind it is.”

Tapper asked if Trump should ask Putin to extradite the indicted Russian intel officers. Paul said Russia wouldn’t do it anyway, “the same way we wouldn’t send anybody over there.”

He said we’re “wast[ing] time” by calling on Putin to admit to it and apologize, and then said this:

“If we have proof that they did it, which it sounds like we did, we should now spend our time protecting ourselves instead of sort of having this witch hunt on the President. If the President was involved, by all means put the information forward. There is no evidence so far of the President’s involvement at all in this, so I think we need to be done with this so we can start actually protecting our elections from foreign countries.”

Tapper countered that we wouldn’t know all this information about Russian meddling without the special counsel, asking him how he could possibly still call it a “witch hunt.”

Paul said the DOJ could have investigated without a special counsel, which he has multiple objections to.

Watch above, via CNN.

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