Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is not happy with his friend Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) for supporting the impeachment of President Donald Trump based on the contents of the Mueller report.
“I actually think the libertarian position on the investigation is ― you know, libertarians, we’ve been very, very critical of the intelligence community having too much power, including congressman Amash has said, you know, really you should have to get a warrant before you get an American’s records,” Paul said to the Huffington Post on Wednesday.
The Kentucky Senator finds it strange that Amash isn’t very concerned with the civil liberties violations committed against President Trump and the precedent it may set in the years to come, giving the deep state the ability to undermine electoral results if the entrenched bureaucracy does not like the result.
Paul never bought into the Mueller report because of his roots in the libertarian movement. He called conclusion of a years-long special investigation the “antithesis of libertarianism” constituting “an abuse of intelligence power consistent with what libertarians have been complaining about for a long time.”
Paul did give his friend Amash some credit, saying he supported the Congressman’s proposed House amendment “which says you have to have a warrant before you target Americans because foreign intelligence warrants have a lower standard.”
Another libertarian Republican who is close to both Paul and Amash, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has also criticized the Mueller probe as a gross overreach of government power, contradicting the blind trust Amash puts into the deep state’s findings.
Unless WaPo & NYT articles are wrong, it seems that an informant (spy) for the Obama administration (paid tax payer dollars?!) kept tabs (spied) on the Trump campaign. Of all the disturbing revelations about the deep state in the last 2 years, I find this one most disturbing.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) May 19, 2018
Paul has accused lawmakers who are overly obsessed about Trump’s involvement with Russia as being guilty of “Trump derangement syndrome.” Amash may have contracted a serious case, as he continues to stake out his claim as the pro-impeachment Republican despite Trump being cleared of any Russian collusion.
Wow: @justinamash is NOT backing down. He is now talking to a school group on steps of the Capitol about why Trump impeachment proceedings should begin. “Really dangerous for our country” when ppl don’t tell the truth pic.twitter.com/JYhKMtjhuk
— Bo Erickson (@BoKnowsNews) May 21, 2019
The House Freedom Caucus, of which Amash was a founding member, voted to condemn him yesterday. Liberty supporters in the GOP are likely to continue distancing themselves from Amash as he hastens his efforts to use the Mueller report to harm Trump’s presidency.
Democrat Congressmen Introduce Term Limits Legislation for SCOTUS Justices As Trump Prepares Nominee
Three Democrat members of Congress are introducing legislation to institute term limits for Supreme Court justices, as President Trump prepares to nominate his third candidate for the court following the death of progressive liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Democrats Joe Kennedy, Ro Khanna, and Don Beyer are proposing legislation that would limit SCOTUS justice to a maximum term of eighteen years on the court.
Lifetime appointments to the highest court in our land undermine our democratic process and erode progress in our nation.
We must enact 18 year term limits on our Supreme Court justices to continue our march towards a more perfect union. https://t.co/9fCyggP686
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) September 25, 2020
Khanna has proposed an idea that would allow Presidents to appoint two judges in each term. “Senior” members of the court would be required to basically retired for every new member of the court.
When I first ran for Congress in 2014, I proposed limiting terms of Supreme Court Justice to 18-appointments.
Given the recent, dramatic politicization of the Court, it's time for real reform.
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 25, 2020
It’s pretty funny the Democrats are uniting behind these proposals the moment they appear primed to lose control of the Supreme Court for a generation. They weren’t complaining when Obama was trying to replace Antonin Scalia with progressive Merrick Garland, even going so far as claiming that the stealth liberal was entitled to the seat. Reports emerging Friday suggest that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a mostly conservative judge with a pro-life and immigration hawk judicial record.
The judicial branch of government is arguably the most flawed element of American governance, and it’s highly questionable how institutions such as the Supreme Court are able to appoint themselves a nearly unlimited amount of political power.
A better reform proposals would be to institute term limits for justices that only go into effect after the current members of the court vacate their seats. Anything else is simply a political power grab.
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