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Rand Paul Aide Admits To Bad Sourcing After Plagiarism Allegations

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Doug Stafford, Paul's senior advisor, said that the senator always uses his own ideas, but relies on staff to provide support.

"Sen. Paul also relies on a large number of staff and advisers to provide supporting facts and anecdotes – some of which were not clearly sourced or vetted properly," Stafford said in the statement.

Stafford added that Paul will put in place a new policy in which footnotes will be available on request, and that citations will be more thorough.

"Adherence to a new approval process implemented by Sen. Paul will ensure proper citation and accountability in all collaborative works going forward," Stafford said.