Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) criticized the justification that fellow libertarian Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) offered for his support of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Paul made the comments while appearing on Fox News on Thursday.
“As a libertarian Republican, I think the whole investigation sort of has an un-libertarian feel, you have an intelligence community that has so much power, that many libertarians we’ve always said gosh, this much power can be abused,” Paul explained.
Amash said that he concluded from his reading of the redacted version of the Mueller report that there were numerous examples of obstruction of justice by the president and that these were impeachable offenses.
“And when I look at it I see an abuse of power from [former FBI Director James] Comey,” Paul continued, “from [former DNI James] Clapper, from [former CIA Director John] Brennan, from all these guys who I think took this power that they had, this great power that we entrusted with them to spy on foreigners, and they directed it against Americans for partisan reasons.
“So I think this has to be investigated and I think it’s wrong for any Republican to think oh gosh this is a legitimate investigation,” he added.
“I think it’s a very partisan investigation,” Paul concluded.
A pro-Trump Republican state lawmaker announced that he would challenge Amash for his seat soon after he said he would support impeachment.
Here’s the video of Paul’s comments:
Rand Paul calls out ex-DOJ officials’ ‘abuse of power’ in Trump spying
Amash debated with a pro-Trump supporter at his town hall event who accused him of being a Democrat because of his turn away from the president.
“I haven’t changed, I am who I said I was,” Amash said at the end of his statement. “I am a principled constitutional conservative who has stayed consistent regardless of whether we have President Obama in office, or President Trump.”