Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has gone on the offensive against the Obama administration for allegedly spying on his presidential campaign, revealing on Friday morning that he submitted a formal request to both the White House and the intelligence community to learn whether or not he was actually surveilled.
Back in April, Paul sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging the administration to â€śpromptly investigateâ€ť to determine whether the Obama administration had used the names of any members of Congress or their staffs in search queries of intelligence community databases, and/or whether they were unmasked in other intelligence reports.
â€śWeâ€™ve had several people come to us and say that it happened,â€ť Paul explained to Breitbart News. â€śI donâ€™t have access to that information, but Iâ€™ve been very concerned that too many Americansâ€™ information is being culled through without a warrant.â€ť
According to Paul, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 and has emerged as a key supporter of the Trump administration, revelations surrounding former national security adviser Susan Rice are at the heart of his request.
â€śThereâ€™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 itâ€™s listening to all of our phone calls,â€ť he said. â€śThe possibility of extortion, the possibility of blackmail â€“ all of that goes up exponentially.â€ť
Paul claims that he heard â€śspecific aspects of a private conversationâ€ť that he had with former President Barack Obama get repeated to him from other people and noted that he has never received a Gates notification, which the intelligence community is supposed to submit to members of Congress when their identity is revealed in an NSA intercept.
â€śI canâ€™t for the life of me think of any reason why I would be part of an investigation. And it also goes further to prove that maybe we have an intelligence community run amok if theyâ€™re looking at political figures, because I had nothing to do with any of the other things,â€ť he said.