Paul: Dems running ‘partisan witch hunt’ probes of Trump because they lost

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSecond GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Trump seeks to flip 'Rage' narrative; Dems block COVID-19 bill MORE (R-Ky.) said Thursday the probes into the Trump administration’s possible ties to Russia are a “partisan witch hunt” pushed by Democrats because they lost the presidential election.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE has repeatedly decried the investigation into him as a political "witch hunt." Paul agreed on "Fox & Friends," saying he believes that Republicans have attacked presidents of the opposite party in the same way in the past, insisting that the probe into Russian election meddling is partisan.  

“Democrats lost the election, so they're going to investigate Trump for as long as he's in office,” Paul said.

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Multiple congressional committees — all chaired by Republicans — are investigating Russia's efforts to influence last year's election and any possible ties to Trump's campaign, as is a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department.

Paul defended meetings with Russian officials for which the Trump administration has come under fire, saying that it’s normal for people in Washington to meet with Russians and representatives of the Russian government.

He cited an “observer bias to history” that makes people draw their own biased conclusions about historical events. Mentioning Russia meetings specifically, he said “it’s a bunch of random events that someone is putting their own pressure on to say it’s a big conspiracy.”

“I think what we’ve done is concocted a storyline here that frankly just is a witch hunt,” he said.

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