On Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said that an investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia following Michael Flynn’s resignation would be “excessive.”
Sen. Paul went on to claim that Republicans shouldn’t bother investigating other members of the party.
While speaking on Fox News’ “Kilmeade and Friends,” Paul voiced his dismay at fellow Senate Republicans, like Sen. John McCain, who have called for an investigation of the situation.
“You know, I think that might be excessive. I think that it looks like the president has handled the situation, and unless there’s some kind of other evidence of malfeasance, this sounds like something that was internal White House politics, and it looks like the president’s handled it.”
The senator then suggested that Republicans shouldn’t investigate other Republicans as a means of protecting the interests of the party as a whole.
“I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party. We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do like repealing Obamacare if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans. I think it makes no sense.”
Flynn resigned on Monday following allegations that he spoke to the Russian ambassador last year about potentially easing sanctions on the country. Although the conversation would have taken place before Mr. Trump actually entered office, it is illegal for private citizens to partake in diplomatic talks.
In a press briefing Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Flynn’s resignation came down to “an issue of trust.”
Listen to Rand Paul’s full Fox News interview here.