Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Saturday called the requests for “unmasking” Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn by a large number of Obama officials “crazy” and called for reform, saying the process is a way to skirt the Constitution.
“This ‘unmasking’ process, it’s about bad actors, we had bad actors Joe Biden and the inner circle of Obama, I think snooping for political dirt and trying to damage their political opponent,” Paul said on “Watters’ World” Saturday. “But it’s worse than that, ‘unmasking’ is so rampant that it’s done by the thousands by all administrations. But it’s a backdoor way around the Constitution.”
Several top Obama administration officials had purportedly requested to “unmask” the identity of the former national security adviser, according to a list of names from the controversial process made public on Wednesday.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says he is writing to acting DNI Rick Grenell, inviting him to testify next week about the unmasking of Michael Flynn. Paul has questions about what President Obama and former Vice President Biden knew. Paul chairs the government oversight subcommittee.
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Sen. Rand Paul: "President Obama's chief of staff, VP Biden, James Clapper, James Comey, John Brennan — it sounds like the entire upper circle of President Obama was listening to this and realize they did not have permission to listen to Gen. Flynn." https://t.co/v8fERsgVcN pic.twitter.com/SujHcArGN5
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