- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that another senator confided that he too was surveilled by the Obama administration.

“I know one other senator has already confided in me that he was surveilled by the Obama administration,” Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican, said on Fox News.

Mr. Paul said two sources also have information that shows he was surveilled during the 2016 presidential campaign as well.

“There are rumors about other people who ran for president as well,” he said. “I’m concerned not only for myself but for Americans in general.”

Mr. Paul also said he agrees with President Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James B. Comey, and that there is more agreement on this issue than it may seem.

“I think we’ve probably never had someone fired where both sides really agreed with the firing more than you can imagine,” Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican, said on CBS News.

He said the timing that many are calling suspicious actually makes sense considering the delays in the Trump administration confirmations.

“We have the slowest approval of a Cabinet in the history in the country,” Mr. Paul explained. “When they did get in place, they did a review.”

Mr. Paul said Mr. Comey’s firing had nothing to do with the Russia investigation, but rather the agency’s shortcomings under the FBI director’s leadership, such as the Orlando shooting at a gay nightclub last year.

“I think the FBI dropped the ball,” Mr. Paul said. “There were many warning signs.”

• Sally Persons can be reached at spersons@washingtontimes.com.

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