Rand Paul Accuses Obama Admin Of Spying On His Campaign

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    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 “promptly investigate” 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.

    “We’ve had several people come to us and say that it happened,” Paul explained to Breitbart News. “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.”

    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.

    “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,” he said. “The possibility of extortion, the possibility of blackmail – all of that goes up exponentially.”

    Paul claims that he heard “specific aspects of a private conversation” 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.

    “I can’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 they’re looking at political figures, because I had nothing to do with any of the other things,” he said.

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