Incredible. @RandPaul argues Mueller's investigation is bad because it's too expansive, immediately gets called out for his hypocrisy by @BillHemmer.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 10, 2018
"How did you feel about Ken Starr in the 90s?" Hemmer asks.
"You know, I may not have been as consistent back then," Paul says. pic.twitter.com/5D7MfBuDJd
Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 White House debates vaccines for air travel Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken MORE (R-Ky.) admitted Tuesday that his opposition to a special counsel investigation into President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE is not consistent with his stance on an investigation into former President Clinton.
"How did you feel about Ken Starr in the 90s?" Fox News host Bill Hemmer asked Paul, referring to the independent counsel appointed to investigate Clinton during his presidency.
"You know, I may or may not have been as consistent back then, to tell you the truth," Paul said. “But I’ve come to believe that now these special prosecutors have too much power.”
Paul has attacked special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE during his investigation into Trump’s campaign ties to Russia and possible collusion in the 2016 election.
The admission comes one day after the FBI raided the office of Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, on a referral from Mueller.
“We never should have had Mueller in the first place because we’ve given too much power to a prosecutor who’s no longer looking at Russia, he’s looking at some kind of personal dealings with the president’s lawyer,” Paul said.
Officials seized emails, tax documents and records related to Cohen’s $130,000 payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels regarding her alleged affair with Trump.
Last month, Starr suggested that the Department of Justice should investigate Daniels’s claims that she was paid by Trump’s lawyer to keep quiet about the relationship.
Paul said that while they might not use any of the confidential attorney-client communication, they can use it to “snoop” into other possible areas for investigation.
“The president’s right. It’s a witch hunt … It’s a mistake to have these special prosecutors,” Paul said, adding they should be prosecuted in a “normal fashion.”
Trump blasted the FBI on Monday for the raid, calling it a “disgrace” and a “pure and simple witch hunt.”