Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) went after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), blasting him as a “hypocrite” for targeting President Donald Trump for his use of executive privilege when he was perfectly fine with former President Barack Obama’s use of the power.
While giving an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Paul — the junior senator from Kentucky who sits on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs — torched Schiff as a “hypocrite” for his criticism of Trump’s use of “executive privilege” after he was “all for” Obama using it.
“I think the clip of Adam Schiff you played showed it accurately: he’s a hypocrite. He was all for President Obama using executive privilege and now he’s against this president.”
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"I think I'm entirely consistent in saying no president should be king. That includes my president," Sen. Rand Paul says when asked about his previous comments criticizing then-President Barack Obama as a "king" for invoking executive power https://t.co/P6iz1j1VA4 pic.twitter.com/jRbhd8CIls
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 12, 2019
Paul continued on to bring up the cost of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and “investigating the president.”
“The bottom line is we spent $35 million investigating the president,” said Paul. “Their conclusion was there was no underlying crime.”
“This whole kibitzing about ‘oh, well, maybe he obstructed justice’ to try to hide an investigation about something he didn’t do,” added Paul. “This is absurd, and the American people know it.”
Paul then continued on to state that the investigation was “politically motivated from the very beginning” and started by former U.K. intelligence agent Christopher Steele’s now-discredited dossier.
“That should be investigated because we cannot allow the incumbent parties to weaponize the intelligence communities to spy on Americans, or on their political candidates, or potentially their donors,” Paul went on to say. “So there is a real danger to this — and it’s a constitutional one — but the Democrats have it completely upside-down.”
In March, Paul called for an investigation into the origins of Mueller’s probe, asking to find out “what Obama knew” about the start of the investigation, as IJR Red previously reported.