Kentucky Republican Senator and former presidential candidate Rand Paul had quite a busy day on Thursday. After blasting his Republican colleagues in the House for keeping their Obamacare bill under lock and key, he moved on to those who are busy with the controversy surrounding Jeff Sessions.
The Kentucky Republican said that concentrating on the issues surrounding Attorney General Sessions’ contacts with Russia’s ambassador distracted the GOP from its policy priorities.
“I think we need to get beyond this and really start getting to some of the things that need to be fixed in the country,” Paul said in an appearance on Fox News’s ‘Your World with Neil Cavuto.’
“The biggest debate in the Capitol and in the country right now is what to do with healthcare and so I think we need to hone in on that and I think that hopefully the press conference by the attorney general will help us get on to business,” the Senator said.
His comments come in the wake of a press conference that the Attorney General held to give an explanation of his contacts with Russia during the presidential campaign, and to announce that he is recusing himself from any federal investigations into the Trump campaign and the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
This is not the first time that Paul has come to the rescue of the Trump administration. Last month, he similarly pushed back on calls for a congressional investigation following the resignation of the President’s former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn which resulted from revelations that he misled the vice president about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.
“I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party,” the Senator said at that time.
Sessions’ recusal comes after The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that he spoke twice to the Russian ambassador — both of them face to face meetings — while he was a Trump operative. That appears to be in direct contradiction with his responses to questions in sworn testimony during his confirmation hearing.
“If we’re going to have everybody go that makes a misstatement on whether they met an ambassador or not, we’re going to have some people going,” Paul said in the interview on Thursday.