Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says he wasn’t convinced by the testimony of FBI Director James Comey.
In an interview Monday with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, Paul discussed the testimony earlier in the day by Comey before the House to discuss Russian involvement in the 2016 election, and specifically, the allegation by President Donald Trump that the Obama administration ordered surveillance of his presidential campaign and activities at Trump Tower.
Comey dismissed the president’s allegations of surveillance of him or his campaign.
But Paul cited the incident with former national security adviser Mike Flynn as proof that some sort of surveillance took place.
“Everybody admits that somebody spied on Mike Flynn, and he was part of the Trump campaign,” Paul said. “It sounds like what the president said has already been proven to be true.”
The senator then clarified today’s definition of “wiretapping” saying it no longer “means placing an ‘old fashioned bug’ on someone’s telephone.”
“If you haven’t looked recently, most of our telephones don’t have wires,” Paul remarked, adding “‘Wiretapping’ is a broad term for surveillance.”
Flynn resigned Feb. 13 after reports he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about the nature of telephone calls between himself and officials with the Russian government during the transition between the Obama administration and the Trump administration.
Cavuto conceded there was surveillance of Flynn, but he pushed Paul on whether surveillance was conducted on Trump personally.
Paul asserted that he felt the issue was not whether the target of the surveillance was Trump personally or his campaign.
“I think most of the conversations are that they had surveillance on the Trump campaign at large,” said Paul, adding that, as a result Mike Flynn was forced to resign his position.
Trump alleged the former administration of wiretapping Trump Towers in a series of tweets he sent March 4.
Paul recognized that language in the tweet may be imprecise.
“I think ‘wiretapping’ to Donald Trump probably meant spying. And I think ‘Donald Trump’ or the ‘campaign’ also probably meant Mike Flynn,” Paul said.
“Somebody listened to Mike Flynn’s conversation and revealed it to the press, which is a felony, and you don’t do that unless you eavesdropped on his phone conversation,” Paul added.
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