Sen. Paul on Unmaskings: 'We Can't Live in Fear of Our Own Intelligence Community'
Sen. Rand Paul claims there are records of any and all unmaskings by former National Security Advisor Susan Rice or anyone else in the intelligence community.
"All of them have to be found, and I guarantee there's a paper or a computer trail of who released these documents and who released these conversations," the Kentucky senator told Brian Kilmeade on "Fox & Friends."
Rice was accused along with former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power of compromising Americans' privacy by eavesdropping on conversations between foreign officials and Trump campaign officials and unmasking the names of the American citizens. While the first is not incredibly unusual, the unmasking is.
Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed documents relating to the unmasking of three American citizens. Nunes said this was only the beginning of investigating unmaskings by the previous administration, including potentially of Trump associates.
Seeing a lot of fake news from media elites and others who have no interest in violations of Americans' civil liberties via unmaskings.
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) June 1, 2017
Sen. Paul was the first senator to raise concerns about illegal unmasking or spying on American citizens by the National Security Administration, possibly at the behest of the Obama administration.
The former Republican presidential candidate said he believes he himself has been spied on and that he was not sure why the Obama administration would try to unmask his name in a conversation except for political purposes, since he has no ties to Russia.
"We cannot live in fear of our own intelligence community," Paul said.
"They have such power to suck up every bit of every transmission, every communication we ever made. We can't just have them willy-nilly releasing that to the public," he warned.