Lawmakers Demand Proof from President on Wiretapping Claims
Last week, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to accuse the Obama administration of wiretapping the phone lines at Trump Tower. Now, the intelligence committees on Capitol Hill are demanding evidence.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Lawmakers on both sides of the Hill want proof from the president
The House Intelligence Committee has set a deadline of March 13th. Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and ranking member Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent their request to Acting Deputy General Dana Boente. The request went top Boente because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had to recuse himself from any of these investigations when it came out that he had contact with Russian officials during the presidential campaign.
The House Committee’s actions follow a similar move by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Graham serves as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism and Whitehouse is the ranking member. This is a highly unusual move as subcommittees do not usually issue subpoenas, that is often left to the chairmen and women of full committees. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), who is the chairman of the full Senate Judiciary Committee, has shown no interest in pursuing any investigations.
The letter said:
“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.”
Graham and Whitehouse are not the only senators who want evidence of the wiretapping claims. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) also wants proof. He told CNN, “The president has one of two choices, either retract or provide the information that the American people deserve. I have no reason to believe that the charge is true, but I also believe that the president of the United States could clear this up in a minute.”
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