Rand Paul asks Haspel about any CIA surveillance of Trump

Rand Paul asks Haspel about any CIA surveillance of Trump
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Kentucky 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) on Tuesday sent a letter to Gina Haspel, President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE's nominee to lead the CIA, asking for information about any surveillance the agency carried out on Trump or other candidates during the 2016 election.

In a tweet, Paul wrote that he "sent the @CIA a letter inquiring about Ms. Haspel’s involvement or coordination in possible surveillance of then-candidate @realDonaldTrump."

The letter also requests information on whether the agency conducted operations to spy on other 2016 contenders, including fellow Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia next week Here's evidence the Senate confirmation process is broken MORE (R-Texas), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioBipartisan congressional commission urges IOC to postpone, relocate Beijing Games Hillicon 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 MORE (R-Fla.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersTo break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Grassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa MORE (I-Vt.), former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), as well as Paul himself.

Paul's letter seeks answers to a number of questions about possible surveillance of 2016 candidates, including concerns about whether Trump was spied on during his 2016 trip to the United Kingdom.

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"Under what circumstances does the CIA trail, monitor, or otherwise collect information on the communications and movements of U.S. presidential candidates both domestically and while they are traveling outside of the United States?" Paul asks in the letter.

Haspel, the acting CIA director and Trump's nominee to take over the agency from now-Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE, has the votes to be confirmed following a series of statements Tuesday by senators in her favor.

Paul is one of two Republicans in the Senate to announce his opposition to Haspel — the other is Arizona Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices Biden nominates Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey MORE, who urged his colleagues to vote against Haspel over her participation in the CIA's Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" program, which used methods now widely regarded as torture.

McCain, who is battling brain cancer, is expected to miss the vote and has not been present in Washington this year.