“When schedules conflict, he has chosen to spend his time hearing the thoughts of Kentuckians, and will subsequently receive a full report of pertinent information that was missed from staff in attendance at the meeting,” a Paul aide told BuzzFeed News.
Sen. Rand Paul speaks with Fox News television host Sean Hannity.
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Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul oftentimes made television appearances or attended events outside Washington, D.C., on the days he skipped Homeland Security hearings, a BuzzFeed News review found.
BuzzFeed News was only able to verify that Paul attended five out of 73 Homeland Security hearings from January 2014 to today.
An aide for Sen. Paul said he was "one of the most active members of the U.S. Senate" and noted that television appearances or fundraisers usually did not conflict with the hearings and thus couldn't be the reason for the skipped hearings.
"When schedules conflict, he has chosen to spend his time hearing the thoughts of Kentuckians, and will subsequently receive a full report of pertinent information that was missed from staff in attendance at the meeting," a Paul aide said.
In February 2014, Paul missed a hearing on extreme weather events that was happening at the same time he held a press conference with FreedomWorks on suing the NSA in a class action lawsuit. The suit was put on hold in September.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (center), former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (left), and Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, depart a press conference.
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Paul likewise skipped a Homeland Security hearing on recycling electronics the same day he pretaped an interview at the Capitol for The Kelly File. He discussed the president's surgeon general nominee.
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