On Episode 77 of War Room: Impeachment, Senator Rand Paul suggests that former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith ought to have criminal charges brought against him.

He explains: “What they did to Carter Page is an abomination. Not only should they apologize, I think some people may go to jail over this.”

He singles out “Clinesmith, who doctored an email to obscure the fact that all of these contacts that Carter Page was having, he was reporting to the CIA. He was talking to one part of the government, and they’re lying and obscuring that to try to get warrants to surveil him when he’s actually being a good citizen, a patriot trying to inform them about these contacts of people who had been talking to them.”

Sen. Paul adds that he believes “FISA should never be used on Americans.”

He explains: “I think the mistake of the Horowitz Report is that he [opts for] tinkering around the edges with some FISA reforms. My point is this: FISA, which is foreign intelligence surveillance, should never be used on Americans. It’s not intended for Americans. It has no constitutional protections, so it’s a mistake to ever get FISA involved in a campaign.”

He emphasizes: “Foreign intelligence methods and means should never be used on Americans and particularly during campaign season.”

Host Jason Miller inquires: “What can the senate do about this?” 

Sen. Paul responds: “About a year ago there was a vote in the House. It was pretty close, 204, 215, or 220 against, and this was an amendment that would have said if you want to search the FISA database for an American, you have to go to a regular, public judge to get a warrant, and then the person you’re trying to search would get to protest and try to quash the warrant.”

The importance of that legislation is that “it gives [Americans] some protection because right now if we have a biased FBI agent like Peter Strzok, Lisa Page or this Clinesmith guy, if one of them is going to search you because you’re a supporter of president, wouldn’t we need some procedural ways to try and stop them?”