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Rand Paul Floats Unfounded Theory That The Trump Whistleblower Has Ties To Ukrainian Corruption

Rand Paul Floats Unfounded Theory That The Trump Whistleblower Has Ties To Ukrainian Corruption

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Rand Paul surprised even Republicans on Tuesday by calling for Congress to subpoena the Trump whistleblower over unsupported allegations that the individual was involved in corrupt Ukrainian business dealings.The president’s most ardent supporters in Congress have long insisted the real corruption in Ukraine was done by former vice president Joe Biden and his family rather than by President Donald Trump. Many have also called for outing the anonymous intelligence official who filed a whistleblower complaint alleging Trump demanded a political quid pro quo from the Ukrainian government — an investigation into the Biden family in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid. But, until now, they had not brought those two lines of attack together.Paul did not present evidence that the whistleblower was involved in shady overseas dealings, and his theory builds on a report from a conservative media site that identifies someone they believe could be the whistleblower. BuzzFeed News is not publishing that name and does not know the identity of the whistleblower. The New York Times reported that the whistleblower is a CIA officer previously detailed to the White House with expertise on Ukraine.Paul said in an interview Tuesday that the whistleblower “is a material witness to the possible corruption of Hunter Biden and Joe Biden.” He said Congress should investigate the whistleblower’s ties to the Biden family and Burisma Holdings, the Cyprus-registered gas company that paid Hunter Biden $50,000 per month when he was on its board of directors.“[The whistleblower] might have traveled with Joe Biden to Ukraine for all we know. We should look at his writings. We should know all of this stuff to see whether or not he has any intersection with Burisma and with Hunter Biden,” said Paul.Asked if he had evidence for any of these suppositions, Paul said, “We don’t know unless we ask.”There is no known evidence that the whistleblower was in any way involved in Hunter Biden’s business dealings. Even other Republicans seemed taken aback by Paul’s comments.“What basis does he have to say that?” asked Lindsey Gr
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