Lindsey Graham has set himself apart from his Republican colleagues in D.C. as one of the most moderate members of the GOP. He and Senator John McCain have worked tirelessly side by side in speaking out against the Trump administration. Now Senator Graham is inserting himself into the controversy surrounding President Trump and his claims, the Obama administration wiretapped him.
In light of the President’s request to Congress to investigate potential Obama era abuses of the FISA court, the Senator has asked FBI Director James Comey to produce all information about any potential wiretapping. He has even threatened subpoenas to get the information if it is not adequately provided for.
On Wednesday Graham told CNN the following,
“The president has asked Congress to look into whether or not his campaign was wiretapped by the Obama administration. I’ll take up that challenge. All I can say is that the country needs an answer to this. The current president has accused the former president of basically wiretapping his campaign.”
With the help of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Senator Graham has drafted a letter asking the FBI Director to provide any evidence of wiretapping. The formal letter reads the following,
“We request that the Department of Justice provide us copies of any warrant applications and court orders, redacted as necessary to protect intelligence sources and methods that may be compromised by disclosure, and to protect any ongoing investigations — related to wiretaps of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower.
We would be equally alarmed to learn that a court found enough evidence of criminal activity or contact with a foreign power to legally authorize a wiretap of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower.”
At a public town hall meeting Senator Graham said that if any wiretapping did occur, it would be one of the greatest scandals in American politics since Watergate. Graham has promised to get to the bottom of the immense accusation no matter the outcome.
Democrats have vociferously denounced the idea that wiretapping occurred. Spokespeople for President Obama have denied it as well. The President has yet to release any evidence or indicate what has led him to his conclusion that he was wiretapped.
This controversy will be added to a list of things that Congress will be investigating. Liberals have been pushing Republicans to hold independent and bipartisan investigations into Russian ties with President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. This would be the first investigation that would be targeting Democrats.
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