Rand Paul splits with Amash on Trump impeachment

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken Rand Paul: 'Hatred for Trump' blocking research into ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment Masks and vaccines: What price freedom? MORE (R-Ky.) broke with his fellow libertarian-leaning lawmaker Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics MORE (R-Mich.) on impeachment Wednesday.

Paul told HuffPost in an interview that 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's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election was the “antithesis of libertarianism.”

“I actually think the libertarian position on the investigation is ― you know, libertarians, we’ve been very, very critical of the intelligence community having too much power, including congressman Amash has said, you know, really you should have to get a warrant before you get an American’s records,” Paul told the outlet.

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Amash this week became the first Republican in the House to support impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE based on the results of Mueller's report.

He tweeted Saturday that "1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report. 2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct. 3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances. 4. Few members of Congress have read the report."

Amash's comments have sparked intense backlash from all flanks of the Republican party.

Trump fired back at the Michigan lawmaker over the weekend, calling him a "loser."

"How do you Obstruct when there is no crime and, in fact, the crimes were committed by the other side?" Trump tweeted Sunday. "Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!"

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, a group Amash helped found, voted to condemn his remarks Monday evening.  

Paul told HuffPost that he believed the Mueller investigation was “an abuse of intelligence power consistent with what libertarians have been complaining about for a long time.”

The senator has pushed for investigations into the allegation that Trump's presidential campaign was spied on.

Amash's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Paul's remarks.