Paul: Stop 'hysteria' on Trump and Russia

Paul: Stop 'hysteria' on Trump and Russia
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient GOP feuds with outside group over analysis of tax framework MORE (R-Ky.) is pushing back on calls for a special prosecutor to investigate ties between Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE's presidential campaign and Russia, saying the effort is driven by "hysteria."

“I’d probably take a step back and you know, talk about what we’re actually investigating here,” Paul said on “The Mike Gallagher Show” Monday.

“I wouldn’t really want a special investigator if all we’re hearing is gossip in the media and nobody’s presented any proof that there have been connections or that any law has been broken, for that matter,” he added.

“So I think before people jump to sort of the hysteria of a special prosecutor, why don’t we have somebody present evidence of some sort of wrongdoing before we go forward?”

Media reports earlier this month alleged that aides and allies to Trump’s presidential bid were in frequent contact with Russian intelligence officials during the presidential campaign.

Trump has denounced those reports as "fake news," and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday said he's seen "no evidence" of contact between Trump officials and the Russian government.

Paul said the question of whether to investigate any potential Russia contacts should be left to law enforcement.

“We need a law enforcement look and if there is any kind of problem law enforcement should pursue it obviously, no matter which party’s involved,” he said. "People are very, very confused on this.”

“That’s why I’ve been arguing that we shouldn’t politicize this thing, Republican or Democrat. We don’t need a political discussion of this. Law enforcement ought to look at what happened.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Friday seemingly voiced support for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsIntel leaders: Collusion still open part of investigation Republicans jockey for position on immigration Biden to Alabama: No more extremist senators MORE recusing himself from any possible Department of Justice probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 race.

“We are going to ask the Intelligence committees of the House and Senate to investigate within these special areas,” Issa said on HBO’s “Real Time.”

“You cannot have somebody — a friend of mine, Jeff Sessions, who was on the campaign and who is an appointee,” Issa added of a potential probe, referencing Sessions’s ties to Trump’s campaign and administration.

“You are going to need the special prosecutor’s stature and office. Not just to recuse — you can’t just give it to your deputy, that’s another political appointee. You do have to do that.”