In remarks to reporters on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said it was terrifying to learn that presidential candidate Joe Biden was among those responsible for unmasking Michael Flynn’s name in the run-up to Donald Trump assuming the presidency.
“Today, I received the shocking answer that Vice President Biden and more than a dozen Obama administration officials requested and received the power to unmask General Flynn during his phone call with the Russian ambassador,” Paul said. “The fact that Vice President Biden and all of the president’s inner circle individually requested to unmask General Flynn is very troubling.
“Unmasking involves revealing the identity of an American’s private phone conversation without a constitutional warrant, to eavesdrop on that conversation,” Paul continued. “What makes this even more troubling is that this American was a high-ranking adviser to an incoming president of the opposite party. This is incredibly troubling and shocking that the previous administration, under President Obama, under Vice President Biden’s specific instruction, was eavesdropping on an American, an American adviser to the next president. There’s been much conjecture in recent days that President Obama was specifically directing this, we now know at the very least, Vice President Biden was in this up to his eyeballs.”
After a reporter astutely noted that if President Donald Trump were found to be guilty of this egregious conduct, it would set the stage for another impeachment hearing, Paul said there was no question about it.
“This is about eavesdropping on your opponent and eavesdropping on the new president’s top advisers,” Paul said. “The fact that Vice President Biden is directly involved with unmasking of a political opponent – think about it.
“You remember we went through this thing called impeachment?” he continued. “They said the president was using the government to go after a political opponent? This is Vice President Biden using the spying powers of the United States to go after a political opponent; he’s caught red-handed here. Vice President Biden is caught red-handed eavesdropping on a political opponent’s phone calls. This is exactly what they were accusing President Trump of – he was acquitted on those charges. They have now found that Vice President Biden is guilty of using government to go after a political opponent.”
There is a very good reason that the media is so determined to ignore this story – even to the point of accusing Trump and conservative news outlets of using it as a distraction from the coronavirus. They know this is precisely the kind of Obama era political shenanigans that could spell doom for Joe Biden – and that dude has enough trouble hanging over his candidacy as it is. They want to sweep this under the rug as quickly as possible.
We’ll see if they are successful.