Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blasted Democrats on Tuesday for setting a “terrible precedent” with their impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Paul said that the impeachment was “a partisan witch hunt” that was “based on lies and distortions.”
“This is a terrible precedent that will be used against future presidents, regardless of their party,” Paul said.
In an interview with host Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business, the lawmaker said Republicans “should be better than the Democrats,” who he said “rushed” to impeachment during the last administration.
“I think there needs to be continued investigation,” Paul said, referring to committee-level probes into the Biden family and concerns Republicans have about a pattern of millions of dollars flowing from foreign nationals under suspicious circumstances.
He wants congressional investigators keep pressure on the FBI to make disclosures and to track down the 17 audio recordings of Biden and his son Hunter mentioned in an FBI document.
“I think it would be better to gather more before an impeachment. If there’s going to be impeachment, let’s have quite a bit of evidence out there [so] that the American people are actually behind this,” Paul said.
Paul said he does not “really want to impeach every president that comes forward,” adding that he thinks “the Democrats set a terrible precedent in impeaching Donald Trump just because they didn’t like him, basically.”
The senator said he believes it is “not good for the republic to keep impeaching presidents.”
Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said this week that investigations into Biden are “rising to the level of impeachment, which provides Congress the strongest power to get the rest of the knowledge and information needed.” McCarthy stopped short of committing to such an inquiry.
Take a look at this interview from Sen. Paul and see what he believes needs to take place: