Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is prepared to subpoena U.S. intelligence agencies for evidence that might prove President Donald Trump’s claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones.
“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,” Graham said.
NEWS: Lindsey Graham tells me he's willing to subpoena DOJ for info on allegations Obama wiretapped Trump. https://t.co/1dEGPLMW1A
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 8, 2017
Graham’s request signaled that while he is willing to work with Trump and, on the surface at least, support his agenda (he recently, for example, voiced his support for the president’s revised travel ban), he does not intend to back down from his efforts to uncover the truth behind Russian interference in last year’s presidential race.
Graham’s comments come merely a day after he joined the president for a one-on-one lunch at the White House. Earlier this week, Graham and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) wrote a letter to the Department of Justice requesting that it “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.”
The senators, who serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism stressed they “would take any abuse of wiretapping authorities for political purposes very seriously” and but added that he 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.”
JUST IN: Sens Graham & Whitehouse ask FBI for copies of warrants"related to wiretaps of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower" pic.twitter.com/9nDfTdntOV
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) March 8, 2017
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