Rand Paul: 'I would not have appointed Mueller'

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulBooker, Harris have missed most Senate votes Trump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen Bottom line MORE (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday that he would not have appointed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, adding that special counsels wield too much power.

"I think special prosecutors have too much power and that we really shouldn't have them. I would not have appointed Mueller,” Paul told Fox News on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE repeated his claim that a special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling should never have been started because there was no collusion.

Paul added that Mueller should not investigate outside of the question of whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia.


“There really is no reason why Mueller is investigating things other than Russian collusion. If there is no Russian collusion, he should wind up, close his investigation, let's move on,” Paul said.

Mueller's mandate from the Justice Department gives him the authority to bring charges for any crimes discovered during his investigation.

Paul echoed Trump’s comments by calling the investigation a “witch hunt,” adding that there needs to be more control over the intelligence community.

“Nobody — nobody on either side, nobody in the intelligence community — should search an American's record without a judge's warrant,” Paul said.

On Tuesday, Paul said he was concerned about the politicization of the Russian investigation and the intelligence community in general.