A U.S. senator revealed to Sen. Rand Paul that he was the target of spying by the Obama administration.
The Kentucky Republican, who has learned recently that he was also surveilled during former President Obama’s tenure, said the “alarming” issue has him concerned for everyday Americans.
“I know of one other senator who’s already confided to me that he was surveilled by the Obama administration,” Paul told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on “America’s News HQ” Thursday.
The former Republican presidential candidate remarked that two reporters have told him they have multiple sources confirming that “the Obama administration was looking at my private information and there are rumors of other people that ran for president as well.”
“I’m concerned also, not only for other members of Congress like myself, but for Americans in general,” Paul said.
“Do you think that the Obama administration was just surveilling whoever was running for president because they wanted Hillary Clinton to win? I mean, this is just extraordinary,” Bartiromo exclaimed.
Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, replied “I don’t know the truth.”
He related that intelligence committees in both the House and Senate have been asked about the allegations, as has the White House. He cited the reports about Obama’s former National Security Advisor Susan Rice asking for names to be unmasked in top-secret intelligence reports.
“Hers was not a position of investigation. Hers is a political position,” Paul said. “And for her to get involved in unmasking Trump officials is alarming. If it happened to other people, it’s even more alarming.”
Paul admitted he is worried there is “not enough oversight” of the intelligence agencies.
“When this all comes out, if there are political figures from the opposition party, it’s a story bigger than any of the allegations with regard to Russian collusion,” Paul said. “It’s about your own government spying on the opposition party. That would be enormous if it’s true.”
Twitter users agreed that it would be a major issue, but many admitted they would not be surprised.
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“They surveilled the wrong guy” – @RepDaveBrat @RandPaul says he was likely spied on & another senator @MorningsMaria @FoxBusiness
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) May 12, 2017
@kylie_oneil75 @POTUS was not being paranoid when he suggested Obama spied on him. Knowing how Obama used the IRS to punish Conservatives, it’s a given.
— Helen 47 (@Helen47) May 11, 2017
@AMike4761 Good idea! Let’s see who’s hiding what… but don’t stop there, plenty more to investigate with that administration…
— Proud Deplorable (@RuntotheRight) May 11, 2017
@AMike4761 @GaetaSusan Based on what we’ve heard so far, the FBI, CIA and NSA were used illegally against Americans for political gain and motives! Treason!!
— Dongle (@DongleFieldings) May 11, 2017
@AMike4761 @Faye0226 yeah, I wanted to give this one 5 stars
I really like Rand Paul and believe he is helping Trump and also, helping the American citizens!
— jfdaws (@jfdaws) May 12, 2017
@AMike4761 @MichaelTetrick about time, with Comey out of the way, maybe some investigations of the real crimes can take place
— J Bird (@Jbird8) May 11, 2017
@AMike4761 @julieski1 I would not be surprised if told that the investigation is already underway and that Comey/McCabe had been slow-walking it.
— BuildItNow! (@TheRealExpert) May 11, 2017
@MariaBartiromo @killercantseeit @RepDaveBrat @RandPaul @MorningsMaria @FoxBusiness The good guys get spied on … the crooked corrupt ones get free pass — or promoted.
— Bullright (@Bullright) May 12, 2017
@MariaBartiromo @RepDaveBrat @RandPaul @MorningsMaria @FoxBusiness All this back n forth & all these investigations & we still have NO awnser as to who did what ? Americans have every right to know the TRUTH
— Michael Phillippi (@mike_phillippi) May 12, 2017
“0”on Russia! ? % on Survelling! @POTUS right again! As @RandPaul is not a man to lie! Paul also targeted! @LouDobbs https://t.co/PiaO8UDGfJ
— Magdalene (@MomentMae) May 11, 2017
@MariaBartiromo @RepDaveBrat @RandPaul @MorningsMaria @FoxBusiness Does this surprise anyone?
— Chris Todd (@ChrisTodd420) May 12, 2017
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