[3/16/17]  Only days after saying there are “a lot more shoes to drop” in the probe of President Trump’s connections to Russia, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., lit into GOP colleague Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on the Senate floor, accusing him of working for Vladimir Putin.

Speaking from the Senate floor in support of the nation of Montenegro’s request to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, McCain – attempting to pre-empt objections – addressed those who might oppose the measure: “You are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin … trying to dismember this small country which has already been the subject an attempted coup.”

McCain continued: “If they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin, and I do not say that lightly.”

But when McCain concluded by asking for unanimous consent to advance the bill, Paul raised an objection and left the room.

A shaken McCain addressed the Senate president: “I note the senator from Kentucky leaving the floor without justification or any rationale for the action he has just taken. That is really remarkable, that a senator blocking a treaty that is supported by the overwhelming number – perhaps 98, at least, of his colleagues – would come to the floor and object and walk away.

“The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians. So I repeat again, the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.”

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