Rand Paul: Clapper can't be trusted and would not work in my administrationSubmitted by JO4RP on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 22:23
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper would not have his job in a Paul administration, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday.
Paul's comments follow his criticism of Clapper for saying the National Security Agency does not gather data on millions of U.S. citizens, in response to detailed revelations of two government surveillance programs. Paul was first asked, in a Tuesday interview with CNN, whether he thinks President Obama should ask for Clapper's resignation. After Paul refused to directly respond to that question, he was asked whether Clapper would be asked to resign if Paul was president.
"Yes. He would not work in my administration, because the thing is is that we have to be able to trust our officials," Paul said. "And when you're doing this and when you have the ability to completely destroy people's lives, you have the ability to actually kill people overseas, I would think that you really have to have the utmost trust. And I think he's lost our trust by lying to us."