Sen. Rand Paul admitted Tuesday that his staunch resistance to a special counsel investigation into President Donald Trump is not consistent with his position backing a probe into former President Bill Clinton by Ken Starr two decades earlier.
When asked by Fox News host Bill Hemmer on Tuesday, "How did you feel about Ken Starr in the 90s?" the Kentucky Republican said, "You know, I may or may not have been as consistent back then, to tell you the truth. But I've come to believe that now these special prosecutors have too much power…. I think I have learned over time that we shouldn't have these special prosecutors."
Paul has attacked special counsel Robert Mueller during his probe into Trump's campaign ties to Russia and possible collusion in the 2016 election, saying he has abused his authority.
"We never should have had Mueller in the first place because we've given too much power to a prosecutor who's no longer looking at Russia, he's looking at some kind of personal dealings with the president's lawyer," Paul said, referring to the FBI's Monday raid of the office of Trump's attorney Michael Cohen
Paul conceded that the investigators might not use any of the attorney-client communication found that is deemed confidential. But he insisted that d they will first read it and can then snoop around in these other areas based on that information, making the entire scope of the probe too wide open.
The senator said that those who dislike Trump might not find anything wrong with this. He cautioned, however, that this is an enormous investigatory power that can be used against anybody, and if this continues it could be a potential danger against every citizen.
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