Rand Paul suggests he might boycott 's 'sham' impeachment

Rand Paul on Sunday suggested he might boycott 's 'sham' impeachment because the former president no longer in office.   

In an op-ed for The Hill, titled 'boycott sham impeachment' the Republican senator wrote: 'The first impeachment of Donald in 2019 was a witch hunt filled with fabricated charges, unsupported evidence and partisan rancor disguised as legal concern.' 

Arguments in the Senate trial will begin the week of February 8. If Paul were to boycott the vote the Democrats would need the support of 16 GOP Senators to convict .  

Paul added: 'If we are to blame politicians for the most violent acts of their craziest supporters, then many of my colleagues would face some pretty harsh charges themselves. 

'I've been shot at, assaulted and harassed by supporters of the left, including some who directly said the words of politicians moved them to this violence.

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'I am more than willing to work with Democrats to find common ground on protecting civil liberties or ending some of our many foreign military interventions, but no unity or common ground will be found while Democrats continue to fight the last election.

'This so-called impeachment is a farce and should be dismissed before it is even allowed to begin.' 

Rand Paul on Sunday suggested he might boycott Trump's 'sham' impeachment because the former president no longer in office. He had earlier appeared on ABC's This Week, pictured

Rand Paul on Sunday suggested he might boycott 's 'sham' impeachment because the former president no longer in office. He had earlier appeared on ABC's This Week, pictured 

Paul shared the piece Sunday, tweeting: 'I am more than willing to work with Democrats to find common ground on protecting civil liberties or ending some of our many foreign military interventions, but no unity or common ground will be found while Democrats continue to fight the last election.' 

He had earlier appeared on ABC where he continued to refuse to admit the 2020 election was not stolen. 

´s supporters invaded the Capitol and interrupted the electoral count as he falsely claimed there was massive fraud in the election and that it was stolen by Biden. ´s claims were roundly rejected in the courts, including by judges appointed by , and by state election officials. 

Probed by George Stephanopoulos on the vote he said: 'There are two sides to every story.'

Host Stephanopoulos hit back: 'Sir, there are not two sides to this story. This has been looked in every single state.'

Paul replied: 'There are two sides to every story. George, you're forgetting who you are as a journalist if you think there's only one side. You're inserting yourself into the story to say I'm a liar.'

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'There are not two sides to facts,' the ABC anchor said. 

Paul said: 'I think there was great deal of evidence of fraud and changing of the election laws illegally. A thorough investigation is warranted.'   

In an op-ed for The Hill , titled 'boycott sham impeachment' the Republican senator wrote: 'The first impeachment of Donald Trump in 2019 was a witch hunt filled with fabricated charges, unsupported evidence and partisan rancor disguised as legal concern'

In an op-ed for The Hill , titled 'boycott sham impeachment' the Republican senator wrote: 'The first impeachment of Donald in 2019 was a witch hunt filled with fabricated charges, unsupported evidence and partisan rancor disguised as legal concern'

House Democrats will walk the impeachment charge of 'incitement of insurrection' to the Senate on Monday evening. 

They are hoping that strong Republican denunciations of after the January 6 riot will translate into a conviction and a separate vote to bar from holding office again.         

Several Republican senators who will serve as jurors in the trial are rallying to his legal defense, as they did during his first impeachment trial last year.

'I think the trial is stupid, I think it´s counterproductive,' said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.. He said that 'the first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I´ll do it' because he believes it would be bad for the country and further inflame partisan divisions. 

An early vote to dismiss the trial probably would not succeed, given that Democrats now control the Senate.    

Democrats would need the support of 17 Republicans to convict him.

Paul, right, had earlier appeared on ABC where he continued to refuse to admit the 2020 election was not stolen, saying: 'There are two sides to every story' 'There are not two sides to facts,' ABC anchor Stephanopoulos, left, hit back

Paul,

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