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 PaulTransparency advocate says government agencies face 'use it or lose it' spending Republicans need solutions on environment too Trio of NFL players intern on Capitol Hill as part of league program MORE (R) on Tuesday sent a letter to Gina Haspel, President TrumpDonald John TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say 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 CruzBiden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move Families of Kenyan victims seek compensation for Ethiopian Airlines crash 737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington MORE (R-Texas), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio's pragmatic thinking on China The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump feuds heat up Rubio to introduce legislation to keep Supreme Court at 9 seats MORE (R-Fla.) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows Watchdog group calls on 2020 candidates to release 10 years of tax returns MORE (I-Vt.), former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Biden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move Assange lawyer says he's declined to cooperate with Nadler's document requests 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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoWhite House rejects Dem request for documents on Trump-Putin communications US calls for Venezuela to release opposition leader's chief of staff Trump: 'It is time' to recognize Israeli control of Golan Heights 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 McCainCrenshaw to Trump: 'Stop talking about McCain' Vietnam Veterans of America 'chagrined' Trump won't let McCain 'rest in peace' National Cathedral says Trump didn't need to give 'approval' for McCain funeral 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.