Rand Paul asks Haspel about any CIA surveillance of Trump

Rand Paul asks Haspel about any CIA surveillance of Trump
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Kentucky Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senators call for probe of federal grants on climate change Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Key ObamaCare groups in limbo | Opioids sending thousands of kids into foster care | House passes bill allowing Medicaid to pay for opioid treatments US watchdog: 'We failed' to stem Afghan opium production MORE (R) on Tuesday sent a letter to Gina Haspel, President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN analyst Kirsten Powers: Melania's jacket should read 'Let them eat cake' CNN's Cuomo confronts Lewandowski over 'womp womp' remark Sessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance MORE's nominee to lead the CIA, asking for information about any surveillance the agency carried out on Trump or other candidates during the 2016 election.

In a tweet, Paul wrote that he "sent the @CIA a letter inquiring about Ms. Haspel’s involvement or coordination in possible surveillance of then-candidate @realDonaldTrump."

The letter also requests information on whether the agency conducted operations to spy on other 2016 contenders, including fellow Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration Live coverage: High drama as hardline immigration bill fails, compromise vote delayed Trump renews call to end filibuster amid immigration furor MORE (R-Texas), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPolitical figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer Senate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump Hillicon Valley: New FTC chief eyes shake up of tech regulation | Lawmakers target Google, Huawei partnership | Microsoft employees voice anger over ICE contract MORE (R-Fla.) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders: Trump thinks like an authoritarian Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor Trump's America fights back MORE (I-Vt.), former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance Melania Trump puzzles with 'I really don't care' jacket Grassley wants to subpoena Comey, Lynch after critical IG report MORE and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), as well as Paul himself.

Paul's letter seeks answers to a number of questions about possible surveillance of 2016 candidates, including concerns about whether Trump was spied on during his 2016 trip to the United Kingdom.

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"Under what circumstances does the CIA trail, monitor, or otherwise collect information on the communications and movements of U.S. presidential candidates both domestically and while they are traveling outside of the United States?" Paul asks in the letter.

Haspel, the acting CIA director and Trump's nominee to take over the agency from now-Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines – First lady makes surprise visit to migrant children at border The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Trump caves under immense pressure — what now? Mattis 'not aware' of North Korea taking any steps to denuclearize MORE, has the votes to be confirmed following a series of statements Tuesday by senators in her favor.

Paul is one of two Republicans in the Senate to announce his opposition to Haspel — the other is Arizona Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainDon’t disrespect McCain by torpedoing his clean National Defense Authorization Act Meghan McCain rips Trump's 'gross' line about her dad Trump's America fights back MORE, who urged his colleagues to vote against Haspel over her participation in the CIA's Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" program, which used methods now widely regarded as torture.

McCain, who is battling brain cancer, is expected to miss the vote and has not been present in Washington this year.