GOP Senators Man Up, Go For The Jugular, Will Investigate the Obama Team’s Spying On Trump Campaign and Have an Awesome Strategy
After Attorney General William Barr revealed that he was dealing with the issue of the fake Russian dossier and illegal attaining of FISA warrants to spy on the 2016 Trump campaign, Republican Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson and Republican Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who is also chairman of Homeland Security and Finance committees, penned a letter to the AG on Thursday, asking him to give them some details about his investigation.
They are prepping their own investigations. Finally.
“We share your concerns about these activities, and are troubled by the apparent unauthorized disclosures of surveillance efforts and other classified information during the same time period,” the Republican senators stated in the letter.
The letter from Grassley and Johnson came after Attorney General Barr told lawmakers earlier in April during a hearing that he felt “spying did occur” against Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, starting a “political firestorm.”
Barr stated, “I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated.”
When the Attorney General was asked about his comments later, he stated that he was “not saying improper surveillance occurred. I am saying I am concerned about it, and I am looking into it.”
Johnson and Grassley are asking the Attorney General to give them details into the “nature and extent” of his probe, how he is going to obtain information from those who have already left the FBI, what he will do to investigate whether or not the bureau had “unauthorized contacts” with the media, and if he would brief Congress once the investigation was over.
The Republican senators are also asking “how many counter-intelligence briefings were provided to Trump administration officials during the transition period leading up to the inauguration,” according to the Hill.
The Hill reports:
Republicans, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham(S.C.), are eager to turn the page from special counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe into Russian election meddling. They are digging in for their own investigations into other Obama-era scandals, including the handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton‘s private email server and a controversial research dossier compiled against then-candidate Trump.
Grassley and Johnson also used their letter to try to highlight information for Barr, which they write “may assist” his review of the 2016 election, including flagging text messages between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page, where they appear to discuss logistics for a briefing and trying to develop “potential relationships.”