Sen Paul says Ukraine aid package would ‘tie the hands’ of future administrations

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Several conservatives work together pinch Sen. JD Vance's memo circulated early Monday that there's a "hidden" clause successful nan nationalist information supplemental measure that he believes could beryllium grounds to impeach erstwhile President Donald Trump from agency if elected to agency later this year. 

Vance sent a memo to GOP lawmakers highlighting that nan bill, which would nonstop billions of national dollars to Ukraine, assures nan transportation of backing done September 2025. Trump, however, has vowed to extremity nan warfare successful Ukraine wrong 24 hours of gaining office, which would besides extremity funding.

Vance's memo claimed that nan supplemental measure "represents an effort by nan overseas argumentation blob/deep authorities to extremity President Trump from pursuing his desired policy, and if he does truthful anyways, to supply grounds to impeach him and undermine his administration," and he urged Republicans to artifact its passage. 

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, said he supported Vance's memo connected Monday, arguing that Democrats are "setting up" for a imaginable Trump statesmanlike win.

"They're locking successful overseas assistance that will moreover necktie nan hands of nan adjacent president," Paul told Fox News Digital successful an interview. "So, I deliberation it's a unspeakable idea. But also, if nan adjacent President were to effort to person a different policy, you tin spot nan Democrats again starting an impeachment."

"I deliberation they're going to effort to impeach him earlier he gains agency now, and that's precisely what this is," he said.

Mark Paoletta, erstwhile Office of Management and Budget (OMB) General Counsel during nan Trump Administration, told Fox News Digital successful a connection that nan clause successful nan measure matter is an "effort to inappropriately necktie President Trump’s hands successful his adjacent word by locking successful Ukraine backing for aggregate years." 

"In a statesmanlike predetermination year, Congress should not beryllium making semipermanent backing commitments, peculiarly successful overseas policy, that will effort to necktie nan hands of nan adjacent commandant successful chief," Paoletta said. "President Trump had each correct to region nan Ukraine backing for astir 60 days, fixed his concerns astir corruption successful Ukraine and really champion to walk those funds."

He added, "As OMB General Counsel, I issued nan ineligible justification to region nan funding, and would do it again today."

Russ Vought, a erstwhile Trump furniture member, besides agreed pinch Vance's memo and said successful a station connected X that Vance is "absolutely correct to construe these Ukraine provisions" successful this manner. 

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Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., said nan proviso successful nan measure "is gonna unit him to nonstop money and walk money for Ukraine."

"This is successful nan bill," Tuberville told Fox News Digital. "So, it's conscionable different business wherever nan Democrats are doing thing and moving towards making judge that money's spent successful a definite area wherever American taxpayers and this state don't have."

The Trump administration, through nan OMB, withheld a full of astir $400 cardinal of information assistance from Ukraine successful 2019. This came conscionable earlier Trump asked Ukrainian President Voldomyr Zelenskyy to analyse nan family of his 2020 rival, Joe Biden, and while nan White House allegedly was withholding an Oval Office sojourn from Zelenskyy successful speech for that investigation.

These actions are what fueled nan impeachment effort against Trump, successful which he was yet acquitted. 

Trump has indicated that if he is elected president this year, he would resoluteness nan warfare successful Ukraine "within 24 hours." 

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The supplemental package, connected way for last transition this week successful nan precocious chamber, would nonstop billions of national dollars to Ukraine, Israel and nan Indo-Pacific. The measure matter includes $1.6 cardinal to finance Ukraine's subject arsenic good arsenic conscionable nether $14 cardinal for nan Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, group to expire connected Sept. 30, 2025. 

"These are nan nonstop aforesaid accounts President Trump was impeached for pausing successful December 2019," Vance wrote successful a memo distributed to GOP offices early Monday. "Every azygous House Republican voted against this impeachment solution."

The Senate is gearing up for nan past information of procedural votes Monday nighttime to push nan supplemental package guardant for a last ballot this week, contempt respective Republicans successful guidance who are avoiding a clip statement to proceed filibustering. It's unclear if nan measure would walk successful nan GOP-led House. 

A erstwhile type of this measure that included border-related provisions grounded to walk successful the Senate past week. 

The offices of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. R-Ky., did not respond to Fox News Digital's requests for remark connected Vance's memo.

Fox News' Tyler Olson and Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.