Earlier this month, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced that sources informed him that he had been surveilled by the Obama administration, and as a result, he has requested information from the White House and congressional intelligence committees on whether he has ever been surveilled, unmasked, or searched for in intelligence reports.
Then, just last week on “America’s News HQ,” Paul revealed that another senator had told him that he, too, had been surveilled by the Obama administration.
“I know one other senator who’s already confided to me that he was surveilled by the Obama administration, including his phone calls,” he told Fox News.
“It’s about your own government spying on the opposition party, he said. “That would be enormous if true.”
“I don’t know the truth. We’ve asked the intel committees, House and Senate, and I’ve also asked the White House, because there is this whole discussion of Susan Rice unmasking people,” he said.
Paul also added that the possible illegal use of intelligence community resources for political purposes is a “very, very serious crime” and raises chilling questions.
“They have so much power to collect,” Paul said. “I mean, they have the power to collect information, invade your privacy but also to destroy you.”
Listening in on an American’s phone calls is illegal without a warrant, but it can be done legally during surveillance of a foreign target. However, if Americans are involved in surveillance of a foreign target, their identities are supposed to be “masked” unless U.S. officials request to have their names unmasked.
Last month, it was reported that Susan Rice had unmasked Trump campaign officials. She has not denied this, but has claimed that it was not illegal.
However, according to Paul, “there was no reason for her to unmask people. Hers was not a position of investigation. Hers was a political position. And for her to get involved with unmasking Trump officials is alarming. If it happened to other people, it’s even more alarming.” he said. “But we’re going to try to get to the bottom of this.”