Sen. Lindsey Graham said he and Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse would dig into President Trump’s allegation on Twitter that former President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the election.
Their letter to FBI Director James B. Comey Jr. and Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana J. Boente begins:
“Congress must get to the bottom of President Trump’s recent allegation that President Obama wiretapped President Trump’s phones during the 2016 election. The White House agrees. On Sunday, President Trump requested, through Press Secretary Sean Spicer, that Congressional committees investigate whether executive branch investigative powers were abused during the Obama administration.”
Towards this end, Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Graham, R-S.C., asked the Department of Justice to “provide us copies of any warrant applications and court orders … related to wiretaps of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower.”
They acknowledged the possible need to redact some portions “to protect intelligence sources and methods that may be compromised by disclosure, and to protect any ongoing investigations.” But they also said, “We will be glad to review any such applications and orders once they are disclosed, and proceed as appropriate with the oversight the President has requested.”
“As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, we would take any abuse of wiretapping authorities for political purposes very seriously.
“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,” they wrote.
It is unclear if they had received any response as of Wednesday.