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Let's talk about Rand Paul, the "libertarian" senator from Kentucky. Is he really working for Vladimir Putin, as the late John McCain famously charged?

All signs point to "da."

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1/ Here, as the indispensable @JuliaDavisNews points out, is Rand Paul being feted on Russian state TV for agreeing with Trump's asinine decision to withdraw immediately from Syria, per the request by Putin/Erdogan.

Not a good look.

2/ Since the day in March 2017 when John McCain called him out ON THE FLOOR OF THE US SENATE for objecting to Montenegro joining NATO, Rand Paul has been a veritable lobbyist for the Kremlin. On matters large and small, Paul has supported Moscow’s positions.
3/ Rand Paul has pushed for open and active dialogue with the nation that engaged in cyberwarfare against us. He’s argued for the lifting of sanctions on Russian individuals close to Putin.
4/ Rand Paul was one of few politicians who defended Trump after his disastrous showing in Helsinki, when Trump kissed the ring of the Russian dictator—the most pusillanimous display by a US leader in my lifetime, if not ever.
5/ Rand Paul joined Trump in seeking the revocation of a security clearance on John O. Brennan, after the former CIA director denounced the Helsinki summit as “nothing short of treasonous.” He may as well have announced this in Russian.
6/ The dissemination of Putinist propaganda is bad enough. But let us not forget that Rand Paul has served as a Trump/Russia intermediary, on one occasion flying to Moscow to deliver a handwritten letter from the president to Putin.
7/ Paul visited Moscow on 6 August 2018. “Engagement,” was his reason for making the journey. It was in service to “engagement" that the trip was paid for by the Cato Institute, the libertarian think tank underwritten by the Koch brothers.

But this is about more than US dark $.
8/ Rand Paul met w/ Sergei Kislyak, former Russian amb. to the US — the same Sergei Kislyak who in 2016 held illicit meetings w/ Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions, Carter Page & Mike Flynn, to name a few, & who was photographed guffawing with Trump in the Oval Office.
9/ What sort of “engagement” did Paul seek from Kislyak?

Seriously, the only reason you meet with that multi-chinned jackoff is to do to him what Rand Paul's neighbor did to Rand Paul.
10/ Moscow’s point person for the meeting was Konstantin Kosachev, a Russian senator & the chair of its Foreign Affairs Committee.

Kosachev is a staunch ally of Vladimir Putin, and was among the Russian politicians placed on the US sanctions list of April 2018.

Here they are:
11/ When he returned from Moscow, Rand Paul went golfing with Trump, lobbying the president to allow Kosachev and other sanctioned Russian politicians to visit the United States. You know, because "engagement."
12/ Here's where it gets interesting: remember the Steele dossier, and the meeting Michael Cohen was alleged to have had in Prague? The meeting that was dead-to-rights collusion?

Guess who Cohen was alleged to have met with?

KONSTANTIN KOSACHEV.
13/ Again: the Putin surrogate who allegedly set up the key meeting between Trump’s people and the Russians two years ago is the same guy Rand Paul met with in Moscow this past summer.
14/ No doubt there's a perfectly innocent explanation for all of this, and that John McCain was joking when he called out Rand Paul for being a Russian asset, ON THE FLOOR OF THE US SENATE. I mean, engagement, amirite?
15/ Before we can write off Rand Paul as a useful idiot rather than an active Russian asset, however, we need to better understand the relationship between the Senator from Kentucky and Konstantin Kosachev.
16/ What did they discuss in Moscow? What was in that letter? Why is Paul so eager to have him visit the United States?

And: when and where did Rand Paul and Konstantin Kosachev first meet?
17/ That brings up a whole bunch of questions.

18/ You can read the full piece about this here. It is hardly exhaustive, as helpful folks on here have pointed out.
medium.com/@gregolear/red…
20/ I guess this stuff runs in the family...or maybe "libertarian" means something different in Russia?

22/ And this, which link a helpful reader sent me. Simes is a key player in the Mayflower Hotel speech, a key Trump/Russia event:

freebeacon.com/politics/rand-…
I could probably go on all day, but I think I've made my point.

When John McCain accuses a sitting US Senator of working for Vladimir Putin, I take him at his word.

Rand Paul is a traitor.

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