U.S. Attorney refuses to investigate ‘thugs’ who attacked Rand Paul at RNC, sent police officer to hospital
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) stated on Monday that D.C. prosecutors had informed that they do not plan to investigate the origins of protestors who heckled, harassed, and threatened him and his wife at the Republican National Convention last August. They also sent a police officer to the hospital.
“The DC U.S. Attorney today confirmed to me that they will not pursue an investigation of who is funding the thugs who attacked my wife and me and sent a DC police officer to the hospital,” Paul tweeted.
The D.C. U.S. Attorney’s office has not commented on the decision.
Paul and his wife were leaving the South Lawn of the White House after the president’s closing speech for the RNC when a mob of protesters surrounded them and threatened them. At one point, they pushed an officer who fell into the senator. The Pauls truly felt their lives were endangered at the time. The protesters demanded that Paul acknowledge the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician who was fatally shot during an encounter with police pursuing a warrant on March 13.
The DC U.S. Attorney today confirmed to me that they will not pursue an investigation of who is funding the thugs who attacked my wife and me and sent a DC police officer to the hospital. https://t.co/abpESDJ4nx
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 23, 2020
Paul appeared on “Fox and Friends” in August to discuss the violent encounter. Paul suggested the crowd that confronted him was connected to “interstate criminal traffic being paid for across state lines” and called for federal authorities to investigate.
“I promise you that at least some of the members and the people who attacked us were not from D.C., they flew here on a plane, they all have fresh new clothes and they were paid to be here,” Paul said. “It is a crime to do that and it needs to be traced. The FBI needs to investigate.”
“I regret that I made this decision, but I said we’ll walk the two blocks. We walked one block, but as we walked one block, we could see some police in the distance. But we also saw a mob of about 30 people marching and yelling. They all of a sudden saw me — right as we got to the police, fortunately, or I don’t think we would have survived,” Paul said in August.
“They were shouting threats, you know, to us, to kill us, to hurt us, but they’re also saying, shouting, ‘Say her name, Breonna Taylor.’ And it’s like, you couldn’t reason with this mob. But I’m actually the author of the Breonna Taylor law to end no-knock raids, so the irony is lost on these idiots that they’re trying to kill the person who’s actually trying to get rid of no-knock raids … You’ve seen the pictures of what they do to you,” he stated.
“If the police are not there, if you defund the police, if we become Portland, if America becomes Portland, what’s going to happen is, people are going to be pummeled and kicked in the head and left senseless on the curb. That would have happened to us — I promise you — had we not had the D.C. police to support us. We are thankful that we have police. And we’ve got to wake up. We can’t have Joe Biden rule the country and have no police,” he continued.
INSANE: BLM mob attacks officer escorting Rand Paul out of the RNC. pic.twitter.com/4Mb3IX75gQ
— Essential Fleccas 🇺🇸 (@fleccas) August 28, 2020
“I believe there are going to be people who are involved with the attack on us that actually were paid to come here, are not from Washington, D.C., and are sort of paid to be anarchists,” he predicted. “This is disturbing because, really, if you’re inciting a riot, that’s a crime. But if you’re paying someone to incite a riot, that person needs to go to jail as well.”
Paul and his wife were just one example of RNC attendees who were descended upon that night after the event. A video of the encounter showed no violence against Paul but that was due to the police surrounding him and his wife and protecting them.
At the time, Paul tweeted that he had been “attacked by an angry mob” and credited local police with “literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.”
Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House. Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 28, 2020
Days later, D.C. police arrested an Orlando, Florida, man who allegedly assaulted the police officer near Paul as he was mobbed by protesters.
In the interview on Fox, Paul and his wife, Kelley Paul, recounted the fear they experienced on the evening they were accosted:
“It was absolutely terrifying,” Kelley said. “I have never experienced anything like that in my life. I hope no one else ever has to. We felt completely powerless. Before some of the video, that I think you have shown, where the police with the bikes were kind of creating a moving barricade for us. In the minutes before the police with the bikes showed up, we were completely encircled and surrounded, pressed up against two cops who — we were surrounded by people who were screaming in our faces, yelling that they were going to F us up, screaming, ‘Say her name.’”