Ron Paul blames government for timing of ex-aides’ charges
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Ron Paul says he blames the government for announcing charges against his ex-aides shortly before his son, Rand Paul, was scheduled to appear in a national debate for the Republican presidential nomination.
The former Texas congressman told jurors Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Des Moines that he doesn’t think it was a coincidence that an indictment against Jesse Benton and Dimitri Kesari was unsealed in August, one day before Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was set to appear onstage at the Republican Party’s first debate of the 2016 campaign.
Prosecutors say Kesari and Benton concealed payments to a former state senator to endorse Ron Paul. The trial began Tuesday.
Kesari faces five charges, including conspiracy and obstruction. Benton faces one count of making false statements. They have pleaded not guilty.
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