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Rand Paul: Susan Rice Didn't Answer Unmasking Question

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 11:54 AM

Former national security adviser Susan Rice, during her interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, did not answer the questions whether she ordered names of people from President Donald Trump's transition team to be unmasked from surveillance gathered from Trump Tower, Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday.

"She says well, maybe I did, but I didn't do it for political reasons," Paul told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "It is incumbent on her to prove to the American people why it wouldn't be for political reasons."

Further, said Paul, the FBI would be the agency that would investigate the incoming Trump administration not a political appointee "that reports directly to the president."

"The real question we need to ask Susan Rice is 'did the president direct you to eavesdrop and sift through all the mountains of intelligence we have?'" said Paul. "We can't let political partisans like Susan Rice search through databases and unmask people. She may not have leaked it, but what if one of her staff leaked it? What if somebody else she talked to leaked it? We can't allow intelligence to be used for political purposes."

Paul said he thinks there will eventually be a log produced showing how often Rice looked for information, but it will take some time.

"It is so classified I can't look at it," the senator said. "The White House can look at it, and so can the Intelligence committees."

However, he wondered if legislators should have phone calls listened to at all.

"If I'm talking to an ambassador of another country and I have a different opinion than the president, should the president get to listen to my phone call, to counteract me politically?" said Paul. "That is a separation of powers issue ... it is not exactly incidental because it is very important to you to keep your privacy."

Paul also addressed the upcoming Senate vote on confirming Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, saying he respects the judge as someone who will obey the Constitution.

But if Democrats filibuster, Republicans will probably use the nuclear option to lower the number of votes Gorsuch needs for confirmation.

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