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Rand Paul Wants Flynn Leakers in Jail (Video)

Sunday, March 19, 2017 13:33
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Rand Paul was on This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
Most of the conversation revolved around Paul Ryan’s proposed
replacement for Obamacare but the subject of the probe by the House
and the Senate into the whole Trump-Russia-Wiretap mess came

STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally, sir, you’re also a member of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee. WE see the president standing by that
claim about President Obama. It’s caused a rift now with British
intelligence over the weekend. How big a problem is this for the
president’s credibility? How does he fix it?

PAUL: I think that we know one thing for sure, that the Obama
administration did spy on Flynn. Now, whether it was direct or
indirect, somebody was reading and taking — a transcript of his
phone calls and then they released it.

It is very, very important that whoever released that go to
jail, because you cannot have members of the intelligence community
listening to the most private and highly classified information and
then releasing that to The New York Times.

There can only be a certain handful of people who did that. I
would bring them all in. They would have to take lie detector
tests. And I would say, including the political people, because
some political people knew about this as well.

But we need to get to the bottom of who is releasing these
highly classified conversations. And if the president was
surveilled, he probably wasn’t the target. I don’t know that he was
or wasn’t. But if he was, they probably targeted someone in a
foreign government, but then they listened to the conversation with

But our government’s talking to foreigners all the time. We
can’t allow people in the intelligence committee to release the
contents of that informing to the media.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you don’t believe…

PAUL: You will get a deep state. You will have an intelligence
community that has enormous power if that happens.

STEPHANOPOULOS; You don’t believe President Obama ordered an
illegal wiretap of President Trump?

PAUL: Well, what happens is it’s different than that. We target
foreigners all the time, but they talk to Americans. They talk to
the president. They talk to the national security advisers. And
they’re supposed to be masked.

But there was something alarming the other day. General Hayden
admitted that people all the way down to some of the lowest
analysts can unmask who the American is. So, someone unmasked
General Flynn and they’re a low-level analyst, we need to be
looking at their computer and find out if they unmasked that
conversation and if they spoke with The New York Times you have got
to put those people in jail, because you cannot allow this to
happen, or we will have presidents being blackmailed or national
security advisers being blackmailed.

This is a huge, huge problem, bigger than anything else that’s
being discussed is the fact that private conversations from the
intelligence community’s perspective are being leaked to the press.
That’s not like a leak that says, oh, the president watches TV in
his bathrobe, this is important to national security, you can’t let
it happen.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Senator Paul, thanks for your time this

PAUL: Thank you.

As frustrating as Paul is, at times he’s correct. This is one of
them. So far there is exactly one felony even alleged in the
investigations being conducted by the House and Senate Intelligence
Committees: that is the leaking of Mike Flynn’s name in association
with the FISA wire tap of the Russian ambassador.

It is not in the best interests of the nation to allow its
intelligence agencies to be able to threaten and blackmail
political leadership. And we are already on the cusp of that
happening. Back in January, Chuck Schumer was on Rachel Maddow’s
show and opined that it was ""
target="_blank">unwise for Trump to take on the intelligence

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they
have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”

What Schumer was saying is that he is already afraid to call the
intelligence community to task and the only reason Trump is doing
it is because he doesn’t know how things really work.

Regardless of what the investigating committees find, Justice
should bring in a special prosecutor to go after the people who
leaked intelligence information. It would not only be good politics
it would be good policy.

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