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Republicans question whether Obama-era officials 'colluded' to prevent Trump's election

FILE: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky speaks to reporters in this July 13, 2017 file photo. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Republicans are ratcheting up allegations of political bias within the FBI and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is adding to the chorus of GOP criticism.

On Thursday, Paul sent out a tweet demanding an investigation into "high ranking Obama government officials" who he says "might have colluded to prevent the election" of Donald Trump.

"This could be WORSE than Watergate!" the senator said.

The tweet follows revelations earlier this month that a top Justice Department official met with members of Fusion GPS, the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier. Last month it was reported that Fusion GPS was paid by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee for the opposition research on Trump.

Paul's request for an investigation into the Justice Department also follows the dismissal of an FBI investigator on Robert Mueller's Special Counsel who was sending anti-Trump text messages with another agency official.

One of the texts referenced a conversation in "Andy's office," who some believe refers to Andrew McCabe, the Deputy Director of the FBI who began his term in office under Barack Obama.

"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk," said the text sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok.

This week, lawmakers from multiple congressional committees questioned Andrew McCabe behind closed doors hoping to get answers about the Fusion GPS dossier and the allegations of political bias within the FBI.

Democrats, like Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, argue the criticism of the FBI is an attempt by Republicans to turn the attention away from Mueller's probe into President Trump.

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