Then, in a surprise to James, Paul’s lawyer sent a letter demanding the Liberty Committee stop using Paul’s name or likeness in its fundraising letters. Paul also tried to wrest control of the group from James, urging its board members and vendors to side with him over James. They stayed with James. The day after the 2006 elections, James demanded LeBlanc send Liberty Committee’s financial records and checkbook from Clute to the group’s office in Falls Church, Va. She did.
Paul and James have not worked together since, but the Liberty Committee continues to push libertarian legislation, including Paul’s proposals.
On Feb. 15, James sent a fax to Paul’s Clute office citing Roll Call’s reporting and asking for about $10,000 in reimbursement for nearly 20 double-billed trips.
“It makes me damned angry that he would have taken the Liberty Committee, which was designed to work to pass liberty-oriented legislation and withstand any scrutiny and have contaminated it from the very beginning,” James said.
“It never in a million years occurred to me that this man would be capable of what we can now see. So when there’s mass hysteria and disbelief when this is published, I am not surprised. I was right with them.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.