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Rand Paul rips 'politically motivated' efforts to 'gin up' Trump-Russia collusion via Flynn unmasking
Washington Examiner ^ | May 14, 2020 10:10 PM | Spencer Neale

Posted on 05/14/2020 8:25:27 PM PDT by RandFan

Sen. Rand Paul slammed efforts by members of the U.S. intelligence community to evade restrictions within the Constitution in an attempt to target President Trump via former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

On Thursday, the Kentucky statesman told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that he was appalled to learn members of the intelligence community allegedly circumvented the rule of law to surveil Flynn.

"I think it's worse than you could even imagine," Paul said. "This is an end run on the Constitution. They had no warrant to listen to Flynn's conversations, so what they do is they go and they record the conversation of a foreigner, of an ambassador from Russia, but they don't really have to get a warrant. They either get a foreign surveillance warrant, which doesn't really require Fourth Amendment, and I actually don't care if they do or don't on the ambassador, but they're really doing it come around and get the American."

Flynn was ousted as Trump's national security adviser in January 2017 after communications between him and former Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak were released to the media. The question over who leaked those classified communications remains unanswered.

Paul stressed it is important for intelligence community members to explain their reasoning for unmasking U.S. citizens and that the decision to pursue an investigation into Flynn was an attempt to continue a then-stalled investigation into Russian collusion.

"We should not let them unmask anybody without writing down and affirming what was the national security interest that caused you to unmask this person," added Paul. "So, you have the national security adviser, the new one, coming in, talking to the ambassador about policy. There's no national security interest in that. Only political shenanigans because they were trying to gin up this whole conspiracy with Russia thing that really wasn't going anywhere."

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: flynn; ky; randpaul

1 posted on 05/14/2020 8:25:27 PM PDT by RandFan
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To: RandFan
Why is Rand Paul the ONLY one fighting for Trump?
2 posted on 05/14/2020 8:34:08 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
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To: RandFan

Their biggest mistake was thinking their silly little opposite game would never play out.

THEY colluded with Russia.

THEY are the racists.

THEY are the fascists.

EVERYTHING they accuse us of is what they are.

3 posted on 05/14/2020 8:38:27 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (What are the implications if the Resurrection of Christ is a true event in history?)
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To: reasonisfaith

It’s ironic isnt it? And they tried to impeach Trump for much less.

4 posted on 05/14/2020 8:42:27 PM PDT by RandFan
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To: yesthatjallen

Rand hates anything unconstitutional but most of his colleagues don’t give a damn.

5 posted on 05/14/2020 8:52:49 PM PDT by RandFan
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To: RandFan

It’s a miracle PDJT has survived the gauntlet of assaults on him, including rumored if not directly claimed assassination attempts from the Deep State.

Toting all the odds of how many powerful people have been out to unseat him, shame him, impeach him, convict him legally, get him to resign or take him out by the 25th Amendment, effectively slandering all his accomplishments in the thoughts of millions of Americans, he should never have survived as president to this point in time.

I have to express my joyous amazement at the efficacy of prayers of protection! They must be heard and acted upon by the Almighty!

6 posted on 05/14/2020 9:37:12 PM PDT by rx (Truth will out!)
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