Rand Paul: I Want To Know What Haspel Knows About The Surveillance Of The Trump Campaign, If CIA Was Involved


We need to peel back the deep state onion now. There are still people who are out there cheering Mueller on because they hate Trump even though we have what looks like a massive scandal striking at the heart of our Republic. (And it ain’t collusion with Russia – it appears.) Was there collusion to deny a duly elected president the presidency, and then failing that to undermine his legitimacy? Does it continue?

That these questions must be asked is a crying shame. But we need answers. The American people deserve them and I’m sorry if powerful people are exposed. This is too important.

(From Real Clear Markets)

SEN. RAND PAUL: Well, you know, I’m concerned that there are reports that John Brennan, the former head of the CIA under President Obama that he was cooperating with British intelligence to spy on the Trump campaign. This is a big deal. Now, some are saying, oh, it was just incidentally collected. It`s still a big deal. And there is a question. There are some accusations it was actually ordered by President Obama`s administration, either through John Brennan or others. Gina Haspel is the acting director of the CIA. She is high enough up in the CIA. I think we should know what she knows about whether the Trump campaign was surveilled upon. We do know that John Brennan, since he has left government, has become an outspoken partisan against the president in very defamatory terms. So, yes, I`m concerned about Gina Haspel being a close acolyte of John Brennan. I also would like to know from her before she is appointed, if she is indeed appointed, I would like to know, what does she know about the surveillance of the Trump campaign and why was the CIA involved?

I think that she is a close acolyte of John Brennan. So, I think some have called her a protégé. And I worry that now we have seen John Brennan`s stripes. We have seen that he is a dyed-in-the-wool partisan, a hater of Donald Trump. And so I don`t want people running our intelligence agencies that have an axe to grind or have some sort of partisanship lurking beneath the service.

I think almost everyone (but the most partisan folks) have serious questions about former CIA head John Brennan. I would be concerned if an ally of Brennan were to head the CIA.