In retirement, Ron Paul keeps heat on Bernanke

Paul said if he were still in Congress, he would have asked why the Fed is continuing its extremely accommodative policy even as unemployment remains high. He also would have liked to ask Bernanke why central banks are buying gold after Bernanke dismissed Paul's call for gold to serve as an alternative to paper currency.

Paul built a fervently loyal base that propelled him to several dark horse presidential campaigns largely on his intense criticism of the Fed. The author of "End the Fed" would regularly lecture Bernanke on the perceived woes of his monetary policy. The Fed chairman largely humored his remarks, and politely disagreed with them.

Paul also used his latest statement to heartily endorse one of his pet legislative projects, mandating a top-to-bottom audit of the Fed, which is being sponsored in the current Congress by his son, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP Senate primary heats up in Montana Sarah Sanders: ‘Democrats are losing their war against women in the Trump administration’ Kentucky Dems look to vault themselves in deep-red district MORE (R-Ky.).

"The American people deserve a full accounting of the Fed’s operations," he said.

Bernanke has criticized the legislation, arguing that much of the Fed's operations are already subject to independent oversight. Requiring the same scrutiny of the Fed's monetary policy decisions, as the bill would do, could restrict the Fed's independence and subject it to political pressure, he warned.