REPORT: Rand Paul splits with fellow libertarian Amash on Trump impeachment

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) broke with his fellow libertarian-leaning lawmaker Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on impeachment Wednesday.

Paultold the Huffington Postin an interview that special counselRobert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election was the “antithesis of libertarianism.”

The article goes on to state the following:

“I actually think the libertarian position on the investigation is ― you know, libertarians, we’ve been very, very critical of the intelligence community having too much power, including congressman Amash has said, you know, really you should have to get a warrant before you get an American’s records,” Paul told the outlet.

Huffington Post further reported;

Paul said he believed the Mueller investigation was “an abuse of intelligence power consistent with what libertarians have been complaining about for a long time.” He further said he supported an amendment offered by Amash in the House “which says you have to have a warrant before you target Americans because foreign intelligence warrants have a lower standard.”

Republicans have attempted to distance themselves from Amash following his remarks, even as he has continued to press his case, including to school children on the steps of the U.S. Capitol this week. Trump called him a “total lightweight” and a “loser who sadly plays right into our opponents’ hands.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), meanwhile, said Amash was “just looking for attention.”

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