Rand Paul Calls to Investigate Obama’s Role in Russia Probe: ‘What Did President Obama Know and When?’

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Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday demanded Congress should move forward to “investigate” the beginnings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between the Russian government and President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and former President Barack Obama’s role in the probe.

Paul took to Twitter Wednesday morning to call for an investigation into the origins of Mueller’s now-concluded probe, agreeing with Fox News alumnae Kimberly Guilfoyle’s Wednesday op-ed that it was “time for Congress to investigate” the Trump-Russia probe and asking what Obama knew.

He went on in the tweet to also ask how the Mueller Report “hoax [went] on for so long unabated.”

As IJR Blue reported, the senator was “very concerned” about the Obama administration’s use of a FISA warrant to investigate the Trump campaign to the Washington Examiner on Wednesday, saying:

“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.”

Paul also claimed in a different tweet Wednesday that a “high-level source” told him that “it was [former CIA Director [John] Brennan who insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included in the Intelligence Report.”

The Kentucky Republican also called for Brennan to “testify under oath in Congress ASAP.”

The former president was reportedly told in 2016 about Russian attempts to influence the presidential election of that year, but did not publicly say anything at the time because — according to former Vice President Joe Biden in 2018, two years after the investigation began — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “wanted no part of having a bipartisan commitment” condemning Russia’s actions.

McConnell’s office responded to Biden’s claims by referencing a letter sent by McConnell — as well as then-Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), then-House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — to the National Association of State Election Directors warning of “malefactors that are seeking to use cyberattacks to disrupt the administration of our elections.”

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