Sen. Rand Paul revealed that he found out by another Senator that he has been surveilled by the Obama administration.
“I know one other senator who’s already confided to me that he was surveilled by the Obama administration, including his phone calls,” he told Fox News on Wednesday.
“So when this all comes out, if there are political figures from the opposition party, it’s a story bigger than any of the allegations with regard to Russian collusion,” he said.
Sen. Paul announced earlier this month that he came to knowledge by sources that he was spied on by the Obama administration, and that he requested intel from the White House and the congressional intelligence committees on whether or not he was unmasked or surveilled.
“It’s about your own government spying on the opposition party, that would be enormous if true,” he said. “I don’t know the truth. We’ve asked the intel committees, House and Senate, and I’ve also asked the White House, because there is this whole discussion of Susan Rice unmasking people,” he said.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was fired in February, after a telephone discussion he had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak was leaked to the Washington Post.
Wiretapping an American is illegal without warrant, but it can happen legally by surveilling foreign target. If U.S. citizens happen to be caught up in a surveillance of a foreign target, their identities should be “masked” or hidden.
But, U.S. officials are also able to request their names be unmasked if the situation depends of it, with the approval of the agency conducting the surveillance.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper exposed that last year, 1,934 U.S. citizens were unmasked.
One month ago, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice had unmasked Trump campaign officials. This she didn’t deny, only claimed that it wasn’t illegal.
“There was no reason for her to unmask people. Hers was not a position of investigation. Hers was a political position. And for her to get involved with unmasking Trump officials is alarming. If it happened to other people, it’s even more alarming,” he said.
“But we’re going to try to get to the bottom of this. And it’s a very secret world. You have to realize that it’s a world so secret most members of Congress are never allowed.”