Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has asserted that if evidence turns up implicating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in having known that U.S. weaponry was falling into the hands of terrorists, then she can be indicted and then sentenced to prison (video below).
On Aug. 11, Paul explained his crusade against Clinton during an interview with Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“I’m a big believer in equal protection under the law,” Paul said. He then referenced Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state, concluding, “I don’t think it’s fair to hold our soldiers ... to one standard and then say to Hillary Clinton, ‘Oh, well, she can do whatever she wanted.’”
The former Republican candidate stated that he would like to see Clinton indicted for her tenure at the State Department, saying the Democratic nominee had consistently made decisions that benefited her financially.
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“I think she should be in prison for it,” Paul continued. “But short of that I think every voter in the country needs to know that the Clintons are in it for themselves.”
Paul then stated that Clinton could be indicted based on the allegation that she knew U.S. weapons in Libya were being shipped out to terrorists. That accusation was made in a recent data dump by WikiLeaks.
“It’s a felony to lie to Congress,” Paul said, referencing testimony given by Clinton when she said she had not known about the funneling. “You can get five years in prison. And we can’t continue to say that the Clintons are above the law.”
In early July, Paul was among the most vocally disappointed GOP lawmakers when FBI Director James Comey announced he would not be recommending charges against Clinton for her use for a private email server.
The Kentucky senator penned a blistering opinion article in Time, calling Comey’s decision “an outrage, and the rule of law has been shattered.”
Paul wrote that Clinton’s email scandal should disqualify her from holding office and blasted the FBI for not recommending an indictment, even suggesting former President Bill Clinton’s meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch had influenced Comey’s decision.
The FBI director himself has maintained that no reasonable prosecutor would have sought charges against Clinton and has fired back against lawmakers who have suggested otherwise.
On July 28, Comey sent a video to FBI personnel stating this his decision “was not only the right one, it actually wasn’t that hard a decision, given the facts and the law."
Comey also said, "What I don’t have patience for is people suggesting that the FBI did it in some way that was anything other than apolitical and independent, because that’s just not true, and anybody who knows that FBI should know better."