Sen. Rand Paul is calling for the FBI lovebirds caught sending anti-Trump text messages to be fired, calling them “enemies” of the president.
The Kentucky senator revealed that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page still have their security clearances even though they were reassigned after the messages were exposed.
Paul expressed his concerns over the security clearance of the two, who were having an affair at the time, in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray in January. Strzok and Page exchanged text messages bashing Trump during the 2016 election campaign and were reassigned within the agency after the messages came to light.
Paul revealed on Wednesday that the bureau had responded with essentially a “non-answer” which basically confirmed that Strzok and Page retained their top secret clearance.
“All FBI employees must maintain a top security clearance. Because of security concerns and law enforcement sensitivities, the FBI does not reveal the specific accesses granted to particular employees,” Gregory Brower, Assistant Director of the Office of Congressional Affairs, told Paul in the letter.
“So if they’re still FBI agents, which apparently they are, the non-answer specifically really is an answer, and says they can search our databases,” Paul explained on Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime.”
FBI agents, regardless of their political ideology, should not have access to those “immense databases” without a judge’s oversight, Paul argued.
“Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are enemies of President Trump. They were spending time at work trying to figure out how to keep him from being president, and if he were president, trying to have some sort of insurance policy to, I guess, prevent him from acting as president,” Paul said. “Our point is a broader one here. We’re concerned whether you don’t like Trump or you don’t like the Democrats, if you work for the FBI you should have the oversight of a judge so you can’t willy-nilly search an enemies list that you might have at work.”
Fox News host Harris Faulkner asked the senator who specifically can be searched by FBI officials with that clearance.
“I know of no limits to who they can search,” Paul replied. “Any American could have their name typed in there, and they do not require a judicial warrant.”
He called for action to be taken against the pair to prevent them from having access to sensitive and secret information.
“They need to be fired. At the very least, they need to be suspended from any privileges to look at these databases until it’s determined whether or not they can still remain at the FBI,” he said.
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