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Revealed: Rand Paul's Question That Chief Justice Roberts Refused to Read

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., pausing during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

As PJM’s Megan Fox reported earlier, Chief Justice Roberts appeared to be “running interference for Democrats who continue to claim that ‘whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella cannot be named in the Senate impeachment trial” when he blocked a question from Senator Rand Paul that mentioned Ciaramella by name. Roberts had previously agreed, at the urging of Democrats, to not allow any questions about the whistleblower, whether he was named or not. Here is Chief Justice John Roberts refusing to read Senator Paul’s question.

What was Senator Rand Paul’s question that wasn’t allowed by Chief Justice Roberts? Rand Paul posted his question on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

“My question today is about whether or not individuals who were holdovers from the Obama National Security Council and Democrat partisans conspired with Schiff staffers to plot impeaching the President before there were formal House impeachment proceedings,” Rand tweeted.

“My exact question was: Are you aware that House intelligence committee staffer Shawn Misko had a close relationship with Eric Ciaramella while at the National Security Council together […] and how do you respond to reports that Ciaramella and Misko may have worked together to plot impeaching the President before there were formal house impeachment proceedings.”

“My question is not about a ‘whistleblower’ as I have no independent information on his identity,” Senator Paul tweeted later. “My question is about the actions of known Obama partisans within the NSC and House staff and how they are reported to have conspired before impeachment proceedings had even begun.”

It seems like a perfectly valid question to me.

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Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis