Rand Paul asks Intel panel for details on any Obama-era surveillance
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP Rep. Cawthorn says he wants to 'prosecute' Fauci Writer: Fauci, Paul clash shouldn't distract from probe into COVID-19 origins S.E. Cupp: 'The politicization of science and health safety has inarguably cost lives' MORE (R-Ky.) wants the Intelligence Committee to disclose whether he or any other members of Congress were surveilled under the Obama administration or by the intelligence community.

Paul sent a letter to Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrBipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor Bipartisan group to issue 'promising' statement on infrastructure path forward First responders shouldn't have to tackle tigers MORE (R-N.C.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Senators introduce bipartisan bill to secure critical groups against hackers Hillicon Valley: Senators introduce bill to require some cyber incident reporting | UK citizen arrested in connection to 2020 Twitter hack | Officials warn of cyber vulnerabilities in water systems MORE (D-Va.) pointing to an article from the website Circa alleging that the Obama administration circulated intelligence reports last year that included unredacted names of Americans, including members of Congress. 

"I reiterate my previous requests that your committee promptly investigate whether my name or the names of other members of Congress, or individuals from our staffs or campaigns, were included in queries or searches of databases of the intelligence community, or if their identities were unmasked in any intelligence reports or products," Paul wrote in a letter released publicly Monday. 

He added that he also wants a "clear answer on whether your committee received a Gates notice related to me or to members of my staff," referring to the notification Congress receives if a lawmaker's name is revealed in an intelligence report. 


The letter to Burr and Warner, who oversee the Senate's Intelligence Committee, comes after Paul tweeted late last week that he had asked the White House and the Intelligence committees for details on whether the Obama administration spied on him. 

"I have formally requested from the WH and the Intel Committees info on whether I was surveilled by Obama admin and or the Intel community!" Paul tweeted Friday.

Paul also publicly released an April letter to Trump, which references the same report from Circa, shortly after his tweet. 

"An anonymous source recently alleged to me that my name, as well as the names of other members of Congress, were unmasked, queried or both in intelligence reports or intercepts during the previous administration," Paul wrote in the letter to Trump, dated April 10. 

A recent National Security Agency (NSA) report stated that the NSA abided by nearly 2,000 requests to unmask names in 2016. But the report did not state that the NSA was unmasking names with the hope that they would turn out to be specific people. 

President Trump accused Susan Rice, former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden hits new low in Gallup poll Biden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work Obama, Springsteen releasing book based on their podcast MORE's national security adviser, of improperly unmasking U.S. citizens, specifically members of his campaign, caught up in incidental surveillance. The identities of U.S. citizens are typically redacted in intelligence reports. 

The Senate Intelligence Committee, as well as a Judiciary subcommittee overseen by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform MORE (R-S.C.), is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Rice declined last week to testify before Graham's subcommittee.