Republican Senator Rand Paul broke his silence on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, saying it had an “un-libertarian feel.”
Speaking to Fox News, Paul said he is uncomfortable with the intelligence community having the amount of power they do when conducting investigations.
“As a libertarian Republican, I think the whole investigation has an un-libertarian feel,” the Kentucky Republican said via the Washington Examiner. “You have an intelligence community that has so much power, that many libertarians, we’ve always said, ‘Gosh this much power could be abused.’”
According to the report, Paul said former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former CIA Director John Brennan acted in a partisan manner to unduly investigate Americans.
Paul also challenged Democrats and Republicans alike, saying no one should think the investigation is “legitimate.”
“This great power we entrusted with them to spy on foreigners and they directed it against Americans for partisan reasons,” Paul continued. “So, I think this has to be investigated and I think it’s wrong for any Republican to think oh gosh, this is a legitimate investigation. I think it’s a very partisan investigation.”
Watch Paul’s interview below:
The Washington Examiner adds:
In the last week, Amash, R-Mich., has repeatedly called for Congress to begin the impeachment process. He is the first Republican in Congress to push for impeachment.
He has also criticized Attorney General William Barr over his handling of the release of Mueller’s report, accusing the top Justice Department official of misleading the public about Mueller’s findings.
Mueller spoke publicly for the first time about the investigation on Wednesday, saying his team did not consider charging Trump with a crime because of longstanding Justice Department guidelines against indicting a sitting president.
Mueller gave a statement at the Department of Justice on Wednesday where he reiterated that his investigation could not have charged Trump with a crime. It was “not an option we could consider,” he said.
“If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime,” Mueller added.
Paul’s interview was in response to libertarian Congressman Justin Amash’s much different response to the investigation and its findings. Amash determined Congress should begin impeachment proceedings.
“The ball is in our court, Congress,” Amash said on Wednesday in response to Mueller’s statement.