Now that the special counsel’s investigation into President Trump and Russia has reached its conclusion, some Republicans are calling for an investigation into Democrats in the previous administration. Or rather, they just never stopped calling for those investigations.
On Wednesday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul became the latest lawmaker to declare that it’s “time for Congress to investigate” former President Barack Obama. “How did this hoax go on for so long unabated?” he added.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 27, 2019
Paul was citing an editorial by former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle who called for an investigation into the Russia investigation.
Specifically, Guilfoyle targeted House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, who she says needs to investigate the probe.
And Paul’s demand for an investigation wasn’t limited to Twitter. In an interview with the Washington Examiner, he said, “I think we need to find the truth.” In that interview, he also suggested that he wanted to investigate the “Russia Dossier,” which he says was part of the match that sparked the Russia investigation into Trump.
On Monday, he also called for an investigation into Obama. Earlier this month, Senator Lindsey Graham called for an investigation into Hillary Clinton.
Time to investigate the Obama officials who concocted and spread the Russian conspiracy hoax!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 25, 2019
He also told the Washington Examiner, “I’m very concerned that it’s becoming more clear that the Obama administration was able to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on our campaign based on phony opposition research from the Clinton campaign.”
President Trump has long asserted that his campaign was spied on by the feds after the government began investigating Trump aide Carter Page. In 2016, Page met with Russian officials but maintains that nothing illegal happened. Page was also the subject of a FISA warrant, which is a top-secret warrant that the government opens on people they suspect of being foreign agents.