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Senator Rand Paul Says It is Obvious that the FBI or Other Agencies Wiretapped Trump’s Phone Calls

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently pointed out something that most security experts already figured out: the FBI and other US government agencies already monitor EVERYONE‘s phone calls, email conversations, tweets, and more. Nobody is immune to that. Obviously, Donald Trump’s communications were vacuumed up in those privacy-invading databases, along with communications from everyone else.

Speaking on the Fox News Channel, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) questioned President Donald Trump’s detractors who argued there was no validity to his assertion that he had his “wires tapped” in a tweet earlier this month.

According to Paul, most people acknowledge Trump’s former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, a member of Trump’s presidential campaign, had been spied upon and it is coming down to what the definition of wiretap is.

“You know what’s funny about that — everybody admits that somebody spied on Mike Flynn, and he was part of the Trump campaign,” Paul said. “So, it sounds like what the president said has already been proven to be true. Somebody listened to Mike Flynn’s conversation and revealed it to the press, which is a felony, and you don’t do that unless you eavesdropped on his phone conversation.”

In this case, we can assume that at least some of Mike Flynn’s recorded phone conversations were with Donald Trump. Rand Paul also stated, “But I think ‘wiretapping’ to Donald Trump probably meant spying. And I think ‘Donald Trump’ or the ‘campaign’ also probably meant Mike Flynn. So I think really we’re arguing circles around something that most people are admitting that somebody was spying on the Trump campaign and that actually Mike Flynn lost his job because of an illegal felony in which somebody released the results of spying on the Trump campaign.”

Of course, Mike Flynn and Donald Trump undoubtedly are not the only government officials or private citizens whose phone calls are monitored. As Donald Trump stated in his first Tweet on the subject, “This is McCarthyism!”

Categories: News & Current Events

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