Sen. Rand Paul Says the Election in ‘Many Methods Was Stolen’



Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday, throughout a Senate listening to on election integrity, stated he believed that the 2020 presidential election “in some ways was stolen” and that “fraud occurred.”

“We will’t simply say it didn’t occur. We will’t simply say 4,000 individuals voted in Nevada that have been noncitizens and we’re simply going to disregard it, we’re going to comb it below the rug and say oh, the courts have determined the details. The courts haven’t determined the details. The courts no means appeared on the details,” he stated.

“The courts don’t like elections. They’ve stayed out of it discovering an excuse, standing or in any other case, to remain out of it. However the fraud occurred. The election in some ways was stolen. And the one manner will probably be fastened is , sooner or later, reinforcing the legal guidelines,” he stated.

Paul stated courts have been traditionally reticent to become involved with elections and have a look at fraud, however he hoped they’d have a look at the query of whether or not non-legislators, corresponding to secretaries of state, can change state election legal guidelines with out the approval of the legislature.

“This occurred in lots of, many states. In all probability two dozen states determined to simply accept ballots after the election. Two dozen states determined they might mail out purposes or mail out ballots, all with out the desire of the legislature,” he stated.

Ken Starr, a former U.S. circuit decide, 39th solicitor basic of the US, and particular counsel for the Whitewater investigation into the Clinton administration, stated the Structure may be very clear that it’s the prerogative of the state legislatures to find out what the election guidelines and legal guidelines are.

“That was, I have to say, flagrantly violated in Pennsylvania, and maybe elsewhere, as effectively,” he stated as a witness on the Senate Oversight and Authorities Reform listening to.

Paul responded, “Yeah, so I feel the authorized query there’s a very simple one to resolve. I feel whilst a doctor I can determine that the secretary of state can’t create regulation.’

He additionally known as on state legislatures to reaffirm that election regulation can solely be modified a state legislature and stated Congress ought to maintain hearings to verify state legislatures try this.

“Whereas we is not going to dictate it to the states, I feel we must always have hearings going into the subsequent yr, listening to from state legislatures, and what they’re going to do to verify election regulation is upheld, not modified people who find themselves not legislatures, and we do have an curiosity in that,” he stated.

Paul additionally stated Christopher Krebs, the previous director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company (CISA), has stated it was the “most safe electio,” way of web safety and expertise, however has not mentioned voter fraud.

“I don’t suppose he examined that. Did he look at non-citizens voting? So to say it was the most secure election, certain, I agree together with your assertion in the event you’re referring to overseas intervention,” he stated.

Paul instructed Krebs, who additionally testified on the listening to:

If you happen to’re saying it’s the most secure election based mostly on no useless individuals voted, no non-citizens voted, no individuals broke the absentee guidelines, I feel that’s false, and I feel that’s what upset lots of people on our aspect is that they’re taking your assertion to imply, ‘Oh effectively there was no drawback within the elections.’

“I don’t suppose you examined any of the issues that we’ve heard right here. So actually you’re simply referring to one thing otherwise is what–the best way I have a look at it,” he concluded.

 

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