Accusations Fly From John McCain After NATO Objection From Rand Paul
Sen. John McCain accused Sen. Rand Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin” on the Senate floor Wednesday, leading some to wonder if the Arizona Republican had violated Rule 19, a Senate regulation evoked earlier this year when one senator imputes the honor of another.
McCain’s comments came after Paul objected to a resolution that would allow Montenegro to join the NATO alliance. McCain responded by throwing accusations at his fellow GOP senator multiple times. The Kentucky senator did not add additional defense Wednesday to his objection.
When Paul formally objected, McCain reiterated his opinion.
“The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin,” he said.
“I think John McCain violated Rule 19 on Rand Paul. … So do these accusations violate the Senate rule against impugning another senator?”
Rule 19 of the Senate rules states,
“No senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”
“Sen. McCain believes that the person who benefits the most from Congress’ failure to ratify Montenegro’s ascension to NATO is Vladimir Putin,” Julie Tarallo, a McCain spokeswoman, told CNN. “The senators who support this treaty, and certainly the people of Montenegro, deserved an explanation from Sen. Paul.”