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 PaulTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus MORE (R) on Tuesday sent a letter to Gina Haspel, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally 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 CruzPat Fallon wins GOP nomination in race to succeed DNI Ratcliffe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline Wary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker MORE (R-Texas), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPPP application window closes after coronavirus talks deadlock  The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election US intelligence says Russia seeking to 'denigrate' Biden MORE (R-Fla.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic MORE (I-Vt.), former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Hillary Clinton touts student suspended over crowded hallway photo: 'John Lewis would be proud' 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 PompeoBeirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally Advocacy groups come out against Trump pick for ambassador to Germany US pledges million in disaster aid to Lebanon 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 McCainBill Maher delivers mock eulogy for Trump Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column CNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' 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.