Two U.S. Senators Write Joint Letter Requesting More Information About Trump’s Wiretapping Claims

U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial tweet early Saturday morning accusing former U.S. President Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones and Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election has been met with denials from top U.S. intelligence officials and a new letter from 2 U.S. senators requesting more information on the possible wiretapping claim.

On Wednesday Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) wrote a letter to the Director of the F.B.I.  and Acting Deputy Attorney General requesting information on possible wiretapping of President Trump, the Trump campaign, or Trump Tower.

In their joint letter, both senators asked that the Department of Justice provide any warrants or court orders 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 wrote that they would take any abuse of wiretapping authorities “for political purposes” very seriously and “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.”

Early Saturday morning, President Donald Trump caused a firestorm of controversy related to arguably one of his most controversial tweets yet in which he claimed that former U.S. President Barack Obama had tapped his phones during the election and said “this is Nixon/Watergate” before referring to the former U.S. president in derogatory terms and calling him “bad (or sick) guy.”

President Trump stated as “fact” his claim that former U.S. President Obama was tapping his phones just before the presidential election.

Trump tweeted on Saturday, “I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!”

Both F.B.I. Director James Comey and former National Intelligence James Clapper have vehemently denied  President Trump’s wiretapping claims.

The New York Times wrote on Sunday that F.B.I. Director James Comey asked the Justice Department over the weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama had ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump’s phones and cited senior American officials.

F.B.I. Director Comey reportedly wanted President Trump’s claim to be rejected because it suggested the F.B.I. had broken the law.

On Sunday White House Spokesman Sean Spicer released as statement in which he admits the concerns about potentially politically motivated investigations ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling and President Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.

During a press briefing on Tuesday, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer was questioned by ABC News Journalist Jonathan Karl about President Trump’s failure to provide any evidence about his claims involving former U.S. President Barack Obama wiretapping him during the election season.

Spokesman Spicer deflected and replied, “we were asking the House and the Senate intelligence committees to look into this concern and report back” and  “there is clearly a role that Congress can play in its oversight capabilities.”

Written By:

Johnathan Schweitzer

@SchweitzFinance

schweitz31@gmail.com

Here’s my latest YouTube video with some additional commentary about President Trump’s claim that former U.S. President Barack Obama wiretapped him during the presidential elections.

 

 

 

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