Rand Paul: Does Gina Haspel Know Something About Trump Campaign Spying?
In an interview with Neil Cavuto, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) questioned whether Gina Haspel, President Trump's pick to lead the CIA, may have known about any spying committed against the Trump campaign.
Paul, one of few Republicans to oppose Haspel's nomination, said she was a high-ranking CIA official under former Director John Brennan, and that Brennan has unmasked himself as an "outspoken partisan against the president in very defamatory terms."
"I'm concerned about Gina Haspel being a close acolyte of John Brennan. I also would like to know... what she know[s] about the surveillance of the Trump campaign and why was the CIA involved."
Brennan has published several incendiary tweets slamming Trump, including one saying that "when the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history."
When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America...America will triumph over you. https://t.co/uKppoDbduj
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) March 17, 2018
Brennan later said Trump's "kakistocracy," a word describing a government run by the least qualified, "is collapsing after its lamentable journey."
Your kakistocracy is collapsing after its lamentable journey. As the greatest Nation history has known, we have the opportunity to emerge from this nightmare stronger & more committed to ensuring a better life for all Americans, including those you have so tragically deceived. https://t.co/eC6LATH2Gd
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) April 13, 2018
Paul said he doesn't want "people running our intelligence agencies that have an ax to grind or have some sort of partisanship lurking beneath the surface."
Previously, Paul has criticized Haspel for her involvement at a "blacksite" in Thailand where terror suspects were subject to enhanced interrogation techniques.