By Daniel Strauss - 06/18/13 10:12 PM EDT
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper would not have his job in a Paul administration, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday.
Paul's comments follow his criticism of Clapper for saying the National Security Agency does not gather data on millions of U.S. citizens, in response to detailed revelations of two government surveillance programs. Paul was first asked, in a Tuesday interview with CNN, whether he thinks President Obama should ask for Clapper's resignation. After Paul refused to directly respond to that question, he was asked whether Clapper would be asked to resign if Paul was president.
In the same interview Paul said that Clapper lost "all credibility" when Clapper was asked by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) whether the National Security Agency "collects any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans." Clapper responded that the agency "does not, not wittingly."
"I can't imagine how he can regain his credibility," Paul said. "When you lie, when you, frankly, come in front of the Senate and a senator asks you a direct question, which, by the way, he was warned of, according to Senator Wyden's office, they called the director of National Intelligence and said, we are going to ask you this question.
"So even though he was told in advance he would get the question, he still lied in a public hearing," Paul said.
Paul has repeatedly said he's considering running for president in 2016. In the same CNN interview he said that he still had not made that decision.
"I see problems in our country and I want to fix them regardless of whether it's a Republican or Democrat label who's supporting them, whether or not what I do in the future -- we're about a year away from making a decision," Paul said.