Rand Paul splits with Amash on Trump impeachment

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGraham promises ObamaCare repeal if Trump, Republicans win in 2020 Conservatives buck Trump over worries of 'socialist' drug pricing Rand Paul to 'limit' August activities due to health MORE (R-Ky.) broke with his fellow libertarian-leaning lawmaker Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashLawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Sanford headed to New Hampshire amid talk of challenge to Trump MORE (R-Mich.) on impeachment Wednesday.

Paul told HuffPost in an interview that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report 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 TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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.