If Sen. Rand Paul’s recent allegations that he may have been spied on by the Obama administration staff are true, then we may have stumbled upon the biggest scandal since Watergate.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 5, 2017
According to Circa, Paul, who ran against Trump in the Republican presidential primaries, sent a letter to the new president, explaining his concerns and demanding that he take action to investigate.
“An anonymous source recently alleged to me that my name, as well as the names of other Members of Congress, were unmasked, queried or both, in intelligence reports of intercepts during the prior administration,” Paul stated.
He also went on to explain that, considering the most recent information about the scandal, he believed the allegations were merited.
“In light of the revelations that the names of persons associated with the Trump campaign were unmasked, I believe the allegations that myself and other elected members of the legislative branch may have also been unmasked or caught in intelligence gathering warrants investigation,” he wrote.
With those details of the letters shared, it should be noted that the standard practice of intelligence groups is to redact or mask the names of Americans who are incidentally included in a report. Agencies such as the NSA are not permitted to spy on U.S. citizens and are certainly not allowed to actively eavesdrop on members of Congress who are not under official investigation. It should also be mentioned that it’s not all that uncommon for lawmakers or campaign staff members to interact with foreign contacts, especially in today’s interconnected world. In fact, talking with international figures is often part of a senator’s job description.
In previous incidents as well as in this new case, we now practically have proof that the Obama administration completely ignored this practice, and broke the law by doing so.