Rand Paul splits with Amash on Trump impeachment

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPaul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump Graham on impeachment trial: 'End this crap as quickly as possible' Ocasio-Cortez accuses Rand Paul of taking climate change comments out of context, compares GOP agenda to 'Spaceballs' plot MORE (R-Ky.) broke with his fellow libertarian-leaning lawmaker Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashOvernight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall House votes to send impeachment articles to Senate Amash: Trump claim about US embassy threats 'seems to be totally made up' MORE (R-Mich.) on impeachment Wednesday.

Paul told HuffPost in an interview that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay 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 John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president 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.