Senator Rand Paul mentioned recently at a luncheon for donors at the CATO Institute in Washington, D.C., that several sources had told him and others that the Obama administration in the past had looked at politicians, particularly those who had run for office. Paul is now asking the White House and the Intelligence Committees in Congress to look into whether or not Obama spied on him.
Senator Paul, from Kentucky ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. He later suspended his campaign and endorsed President Trump.
Rand Paul wants to know if the Obama administration not only went after him, but members of Congress, journalists, lawyers, and others. Knowing Senator Paul, he will continue to put pressure on the White House and the Intelligence Committees until he gets answers.
H/T Conservative Tribune:
Former President Barack Obama’s administration may have been involved in one of the biggest scandals since Watergate, if recent allegations are true.
The Obama administration has already been accused of illegally revealing and “unmasking” Trump campaign members “collected” incidentally during surveillance of foreigners. At the center of that scandal is Susan Rice, the former national security adviser.
Now another famous political figure is speaking out about the scandal. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has announced that he may have been spied on by Obama’s staff — and he has demanded that President Trump take action.
Paul, who ran against Trump in the Republican presidential primaries, wrote a frank letter to the new president explaining his concerns.
“An anonymous source recently alleged to me that my name, as well as the names of other Members of Congress, were unmasked, queried or both, in intelligence reports of intercepts during the prior administration,” stated the letter, which was obtained by Circa News.
The senator went on to explain that he believed the allegations had merit, considering the most recent information about the scandal.
“In light of the revelations that the names of persons associated with the Trump campaign were unmasked, I believe the allegations that myself and other elected members of the legislative branch may have also been unmasked or caught in intelligence gathering warrants investigation,” continued Paul.
He also took to Twitter to ask questions about the scandal.
Did the Obama admin use warrantless “wiretapping” on other candidates besides
Rand Paul has become something of a paragon for the libertarian movement and is a champion of civil liberties and privacy. Those pro-liberty positions are completely at odds with the actions of the Obama administration, if the accusations are true.
It is not uncommon for lawmakers or campaign staff members to interact with foreign contacts, especially in today’s interconnected world. In fact, talking with international figures is often part of a senator’s job description.
The standard practice of intelligence groups is to redact or mask the names of Americans who are incidentally included in a report. Agencies such as the NSA are not permitted to spy directly on U.S. citizens — and are certainly not allowed to actively eavesdrop on members of Congress who are not under official investigation.
In past incidents and the latest Rand Paul case, there is evidence that Obama officials ignored this practice and broke the law. Those officials allegedly went out of their way to reveal the names of Americans within incidental reports, with the motive of derailing their opponents’ political ambitions.
Now that President Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, I think we will all get to the bottom of things a little faster. It’s called justice. Susan Rice, Obama and others were involved in the “unmasking” of innocent Americans, but those facts and evidence were held back by Director Comey. It’s time for justice to be served.