Sen. Paul: Some Media Wrong Because Trump ‘Was Wiretapped,’ ‘Of Course, He Was’

By Michael W. Chapman | May 11, 2017 | 11:59am EDT

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and

President Donald Trump. 

( -- Commenting on the investigations of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and reported U.S. intelligence surveillance of that activity, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said "some in the media" were wrong in their reporting because Donald Trump certainly was wiretapped, "surveilled."

Senator Paul is a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and the Committee on Foreign Relations. 

During a May 10 Fox & Friends interview, co-host Steve Doocey said to Senator Paul, “Senator, you mentioned a moment ago about how the government could be surveilling people out there. You wonder whether or not you were surveilled, just as Donald Trump said that he was under the impression that he was surveilled and spied on as well."

Sen. Paul responded,  “And I think some in the media have gotten this wrong. President Trump said he was wiretapped. Of course, he was."

"We don’t really do old-fashioned wiretapping," said Paul. "There’s no wire attached to most of our phones. Wiretapping means that you were surveilled."

"Someone listened by using some sort of modern technology that literally is not really a wiretap anymore," he said.  "But they did listen to [Lt. Gen. Michael] Flynn’s phone calls."

"This is an amazing invasion of privacy," said the senator. "Realize what kind of world we’re going to live in. Realize the statement that Chuck Schumer said just a week or two ago. He said, don’t mess with our intelligence community because they’ll get you six ways to Sunday, if you do, and Trump’s making a big mistake here."

"This is coming from one of the eight people – Schumer’s one of the eight people in Congress that knows everything about intelligence," said Paul. "When he says the president should be afraid of the intelligence community, that should make us all wake up because what about the ‘lesser mortals’ in this country? And they [Intelligence Community] decide they don’t like us.  What do you think could happen to us if they have that much power?"

Former FBI Director James Comey. (Screenshot.)

Co-host and best selling author Brian Kilmeade then asked, “When you say you think you were surveilled, do you get a leak on that or is that a gut feeling or do you just wonder?”

Senator Paul said, “We’ve had two reporters call us who say they have sources. I have not seen the sources, so I can’t say one way or the other. But when I have two different reporters calling me saying they’ve got multiple sources saying that the Obama administration was either unmasking or querying presidential candidates, my ears do perk up."

"Not really for my sake because I know I haven’t done anything wrong," said Paul.  "But really for the American public’s sake because if they’re doing this to presidential candidates, they could sway presidential elections."

National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in Ft. Meade, Maryland. (NSA)

"See, we’re worried about the Russians swaying an election," said the senator, "what about our own intelligence community being used by the previous administration to sway elections?  That is a bombshell.” 

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