ATTN: Congressional reporters

As I just told @mehdirhasan on MSNBC, Rand Paul's claim is that he filled out the report 16 months ago and forget to hit send. This is objectively verifiable. The Senate uses an e-filing system and the meta data will show when he started the report.
If he's telling the truth, we can forgive the 16 month delay. But if not, we should be suspicious that he may have been trying to conceal the purchase while other Senators were under investigation. If he won't authorize the Senate to release the metadata, that's suspicious too.
In either case, let's not forget that, aside from any concerns of possible insider trading in the case of any individual Senator, the broader issue is clear:

Members of Congress should not be allowed to trade stocks.
By the way, I'm not just speculating here. I built the executive branch's electronic filing system at the same time the Senate was building its system. And I was very hands on.

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