Sen. Rand Paul told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade Wednesday morning that revelations about Susan Rice unmasking private citizens mentioned in intelligence reports raises a more serious question.
Did President Obama “eavesdrop” on Americans for political purposes?
“I don’t think she answered the question, ‘did she unmask people in the Trump administration?'” the Kentucky Republican first posed. “She said, ‘maybe I did, but I didn’t do it for political reasons.'”
“I think it’s incumbent on her to show to the American people why it wouldn’t have been a political reason.”
“If someone were investigating the Trump administration, it ought to be the F.B.I. not someone in the White house,” he continued. “She’s a political appointee that reports directly to the president.”
“The real question we need to ask is did the president eavesdrop and sift through all of the mountains of intelligence we have?”
“Did you know that over a million Americans’ phone calls are listened to without a warrant?” he asked Kilmeade. “We need to protect American privacy.”
“We can’t allow intelligence to be used for political purposes.”