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Sen. Rand Paul to Newsmax TV: Don't Use FISA on Americans

(Newsmax TV's "American Agenda")

By    |   Tuesday, 03 March 2020 04:12 PM

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court should not be used to investigate Americans, even those who may conspire with foreign nationals, according to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Newsmax TV.

Paul told Tuesday's "American Agenda": "I'll be meeting with the president this afternoon; I've already spoken with him about my amendment" to the U.S. Patriot Act. 

"I don't think that a foreign intelligence court, a secret court, should investigate Americans. Period," Paul continued. "So, I don't think they should have investigated President [Donald] Trump's campaign, [then-Trump campaign aide] Carter Page, or any other American. And I think that's a reform we have to have.

"So, I have an amendment that says the FISA court, the secret court that is supposed to investigate and surveil foreigners, they just shouldn't be used on Americans."

He added, "so people say, 'what if an American is associate with a . . . foreign conspiracy?' Get a regular warrant. There's no reason why we can't use the constitution. Under the constitution, you can get sealed warrant from courts, and they actually give them up pretty readily."

Paul also addressed the recent agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban for peace in Afghanistan, saying, "we should declare victory and come home regardless of what the Taliban do."

He added, "We didn't go to war with the Taliban;  we went to war with the people who attacked us on 9/11 and some members of the Taliban, once upon a time, who harbored them. The people currently have really nothing to do with [them]. We've killed or captured anybody [that] had anything to do with 9/11. These people are involved in a civil war in their country. They're gonna have to sort it out."

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Even despite those who might conspire with foreign nationals, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance is not intended to be used to investigate Americans, according to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Newsmax TV's "American Agenda."
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Tuesday, 03 March 2020 04:12 PM
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