Rand Paul: Mueller probe 'politically motivated,' 'goes even back to the Clintons'

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE (R-Ky.) said Sunday that the Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE's Russia probe is an example of why the U.S. should not have special prosecutors and pointed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) as "truly unconstitutional and the root of the problem we should be addressing." 

"I think since the very beginning this has been politically motivated and now both sides are doing it," he told George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosMoulton: Trump 'lacks the credibility' to keep US out of war with Iran Gabbard says claim her campaign is getting boost from Putin apologists is 'fake news' Protesters chant 'liar' as de Blasio touts presidential bid on 'Good Morning America' MORE on ABC's "This Week." "It goes back to the Clintons."

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Paul said that because the Mueller report found no evidence of an underlying crime, the "best thing we can do at this point is say 'let's get on with the country's business.'"

While a debate has raged over the past week over whether the impasse between two branches of government constitutes a constitutional crisis, Paul said the underlying constitutional issue is whether the FISA court "which is supposed to spy on foreigners, which has a lower constitutional standard, can you use the FISA court to spy on a presidential campaign?"

"That, truly, is a travesty and truly is unconstitutional and is the root of the problem we should be addressing," he added.

Eight House conservatives in a letter to President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE in March argued that the declassification of some documents related to the Mueller investigation was necessary to find out “how Congress, the courts, and the American people were misled by Department of Justice leadership into a two-year investigation that failed to discover any evidence of Russian collusion.”

The lawmakers said they wanted the Trump administration to declassify the FISA applications for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and other key documents related to the Steele dossier, including information on the Justice Department official’s contact with Christopher Steele, who authored the controversial dossier.

The lawmakers cited the Mueller investigation closing with no additional indictments as further reason to release the documents.