In what would be the second Republican candidate whose freedoms were violated by the Obama administration, Senator Rand Paul said on Friday that “several sources” have told him that the Obama administration spied on his campaign in much the same way they spied on the Trump campaign.
““We’ve had several people come to us and say that it happened. I don’t have access to that information, but I’ve been very concerned that too many Americans’ information is being culled through without a warrant” said the Senator at the CATO Institute on Friday.
““I don’t have any facts to say it happened, but numerous sources are coming to us saying it did happen so I want to search through, find out why I wasn’t notified. Was it on purpose?”
“There’s a lot of things to be found out, particularly since we found out that Susan Rice was unmasking people and we need to know was there a political motivation, because one of the real dangers in a free society is if government gets so powerful it’s listening to all of our phone calls, the possibility of extortion, the possibility of blackmail — all of that goes up exponentially,” he said.
Senator Paul elaborated further, “We have several sources telling us that members of the Obama administration were looking at politicians, particularly who were running for office,” he said.
Paul said he has never received a “Gates notification,” which Congress is supposed to receive if the intelligence community reveals the identity of a lawmaker in a National Security Agency intercept.
“How’s anybody know the private details of my conversations with President Obama? How did General Flynn’s conversation get reported? They keep using the word incidental. Don’t let that let your guard down. There’s a million Americans having their phone calls recorded incidentally. It’s not just a no big deal to have your phone call recorded,” he said.
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