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Rand Paul Putting Screws to Haspel on CIA & Trump Surveillance

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This is about to get very interesting if Haspel chooses to answer Paul, and I can’t see how she cannot. She has to know the truth and given how the story continues to unfold, she cannot afford to lie about what she knew and when, right? 

 

On the other hand, if she says she knew nothing, does that disqualify her from serving as the head of the CIA? 

 

From Politico, key bits at the end. 

 

 

Rand Paul asks Haspel if she knows of any CIA surveillance of Trump

By BURGESS EVERETT and ELI OKUN

05/15/2018 05:01 PM EDT

 

Rand Paul has one last question for CIA director nominee Gina Haspel: Was she at all involved with any surveillance of President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign?

 

The Kentucky senator sent Haspel a letter on Tuesday laying out his suspicions. The missive amounts to a last-minute effort to derail Haspel before her expected confirmation by attempting to get the president's own CIA nominee to admit to being aware of the intelligence community monitoring the president. 

 

"She's high enough up in the CIA. I think we should know what she knows about whether the Trump campaign was surveilled upon," Paul said on Fox News. "Before she’s 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?”

 

Trump in 2017 accused former President Barack Obama of having his "wires tapped" in Trump Tower in New York. The Justice Department later said there was no evidence of any such wiretaps. One Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page, was the subject of FBI surveillance, and other Trump advisers had conversations with people who were being monitored. 

 

Paul is the only Republican senator who opposes Haspel right now. Enough Democrats have come out in support of her this week to seal her confirmation before the end of the month.

 

In the letter to Haspel, obtained by POLITICO, Paul asked if the CIA or other government agencies monitored or collected communications of candidate Trump in his visits to the United Kingdom or Europe and if Haspel or other CIA employees "cooperated with any foreign intelligence services" to keep tabs on Trump over the last five years.

 

Paul also asked if the CIA is aware of any efforts by the federal government to monitor any presidential candidates when they were traveling outside the United States and asked the CIA to lay out what circumstances would lead the agency to track presidential candidates. The New Yorker reported that former CIA Director John Brennan was briefed by British intelligence officials on communications between Trump's campaign and Russia, though it did not say how they were intercepted.

 

“I'm concerned 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," Paul said.

 

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HIS QUESTIONS SUGGEST HE ALREADY KNOWS SOMETHING: Rand Paul: I Want To Know What Haspel Knows About The Surveillance Of The Trump Campaign, If CIA Was Involved. Says Paul:

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.

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Brennan, perhaps more than anyone else in this entire sordid operation, needs to go to prison for a very long time.

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Brennan, Clapper and Rogers all testified yesterday before Congress, closed door.

 

The common theme here seems to be that Brennan and Clapper are corrupt, but that Rogers is a patriot.  If that is the case, then what is the delay in Rogers just selling the other two down the river (if they deserve it), and just being done with already?

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1 min ago, JoeyZac said:

Brennan, Clapper and Rogers all testified yesterday before Congress, closed door.

 

The common theme here seems to be that Brennan and Clapper are corrupt, but that Rogers is a patriot.  If that is the case, then what is the delay in Rogers just selling the other two down the river (if they deserve it), and just being done with already?

I have raised this question before and I think it is "knowledge" of what was going on in real time. I think the Admiral WAS aware of some or all of this, he just did not interfere. And sadly, that makes him an accomplice of sorts. And if he knew, that means others at NSA knew as well, or were even actively involved which means agency reputational damage. 

 

Loyalty to country also means, in a certain way, not overtly doing things that could damage it going forward. Or so some would rationalize. 

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