Sen. Lindsay Graham says Congress is ready to “flex its muscles” over obstruction in the investigation into Trump’s possible ties to Russia. Speaking to the Today show on Wednesday, Graham said:
“Congress is going to flex its muscle here. We’ll issue a subpoena to get the information. We’ll hold up the deputy attorney general’s nomination until Congress is provided with information to finally clear the air as to whether or not there was ever a warrant issued against the Trump campaign.”
Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham is seizing control of the conversation and threatening moves to force the FBI and the White House to provide evidence that Donald Trump was under surveillance by the Obama administration, as was accused by Donald Trump in a bizarre tweetstorm.
Graham and Senate Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse are pairing up via the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism to demand a full account of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Putin, according to POLITICO.
Last week, the duo sent a letter to the Justice Department asking it to provide any information or evidence regarding Trump’s accusation that he was recorded or surveyed during the presidential campaign. The House Intelligence Committee is also seeking any records of warrant applications or court orders for wiretapping, and neither committee has had any response from the FBI.
Graham told reporters Tuesday that there will be consequences if they FBI doesn’t deliver:
“If they don’t honor this request and give us an answer, then I would say that we need a joint select committee because the regular order is not working. They’re about to screw up big time if they keep running to the Intel Committee and not answer that letter.”
Graham is giving FBI Director James Comey until Wednesday to answer questions about Trump’s possible ties to Russia and any evidence of a wiretapping at Trump Tower.
On the Wednesday edition of NBC’s Today show, Graham said:
“We asked the FBI and Department of Justice last week for any evidence of a warrant that would allow wiretapping and haven’t heard a thing. I think if we don’t get it today, the Congress is going to ramp up the pressure.”
Speaking about Trump’s wild tweet that he’d been “wire tapped” by the Obama administration, Graham said:
“When I first heard it, I thought, ‘well, that’s a wild claim.’ I really don’t know. If it’s not true, just tell me if it’s not true. Why is it taking so long to get the answer? So I have no evidence of it, I’m suspicious of it. But now I’m getting concerned because it’s taken so long to answer my letter.”
He also referred to the explosive nature of the news, should Trump’s claim be true:
“If the federal government was able to obtain a warrant from a judge, then they had to have probable cause that the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians and Director of National Intelligence Clapper said they had no evidence of that, no evidence of a warrant. But if there was a warrant, that would be big news. I don’t think there’s a warrant but I wish they’d tell me one way or another.”
Having referred to the new White House resident during the campaign as a “jackass,” Graham has been winning the hearts and minds of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate by pushing back on Trump’s autocratic agenda, including the newly introduced disastrous health care act, the travel ban, and the proposed cuts to the State Department.
You can watch Graham’s interview on Today below:
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