— Frederik Pleitgen (@fpleitgenCNN) August 6, 2018
Courtesy of NYT:
“I’ve traveled here to say that there are many Americans who want to have diplomacy, that want to have engagement; I’m one of them,” Mr. Paul said, standing beside Konstantin Kosachyov, the chairman of the foreign relations committee of Russia’s senate who has been subject to American sanctions since April.
At home, Mr. Paul’s fellow senators speak in grave tones about how to respond to an alarming pace of revelations about the scope and durability of Russia’s campaign to undermine the democratic process — an effort that American intelligence officials warn remains active despite American retaliation. One plan, introduced last week by three Republicans and three Democrats, calls for “crushing” new sanctions.
Mr. Paul has something else in mind — maybe even taking some Russian lawmakers back to Washington.
“Our biggest issue right now is no dialogue,” Mr. Paul said. “It isn’t the issues at hand. The issue is that we can’t have discussion of issues because we have no dialogue.”
Later in the day, in a meeting with members of Russia’s lower house of parliament, Mr. Paul said he would oppose the passage of new Russia sanctions proposed by his Senate colleagues. He complained about “sanctions hysteria” in Washington, according to a report by RIA Novosti, a Russian state-run news agency.
For good measure, he chatted up Sergey I. Kislyak, the former Russian ambassador to the United States whose meetings with Michael T. Flynn, who would become Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser; Jeff Sessions, who would become attorney general; and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, are at the heart of the Russia investigation.
Yeah, Rand was meeting with this guy.
Seriously WTF is going on?
First, we have Trump and his cohorts colluding with the Russians to steal an election, then we have six GOP House members celebrating the 4th of July in Moscow, and now we have Rand Paul cavorting with the guy at the heart of the Mueller investigation promising to fight against any more sanctions.
It’s like the movie Invasion of the Body Snatcher only instead of snatching bodies, they snatch the very last shred of their integrity.
So I guess the Washington Republicans might as well drop the pretense and just go t-shirt shopping with these two idiots.