Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has announced that he is willing to subpoena intelligence agencies to investigate Donald Trump’s outrageous claims that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, President Barack Obama.
Graham told CNN, “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.”
It is totally unreasonable to think that Obama was personally involved in any wiretapping., as Presidents are not allowed to order wiretaps. There are two possibilities here: Either Trump made the whole thing up or Trump was wiretapped because an intelligence agency was able to obtain a warrant to do so.
Under the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the only way to wiretap a citizen is either to obtain a warrant from a FISA court if the wiretap concerns foreign affairs (Trump-Russia?) or to obtain a warrant from a federal judge if it is purely domestic.
This means that if Trump really was wiretapped a judge ruled that there was probably cause he was up to something nefarious.
Graham is part of a bipartisan group of senators working to get to the bottom of this. He and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sent a letter to the FBI asking for relevant information:
“We request that the Department of Justice 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 breaking news today is that if the FBI does not comply, Graham is prepared to start subpoenaing federal intelligence agencies for information.
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee explained the importance of investigating Trump’s wiretapping allegations. “In many ways we’ve got even more questions now. We’ve got more information we’ve got to get access to.”
Maybe Trump thought he was making a suave political maneuver when he tweeted the outrageous wiretapping allegations, even though he didn’t know the procedure for wiretaps and had to demand the information from his aides.
However, all he did was spur his critics on to conduct further, deeper investigations.
There are only two ways this ends. Either Trump is exposed for being a liar and a fool for making wild accusations against his predecessor, or it is discovered he was bugged by our intelligence services because his campaign was infiltrated by foreign agents.
Either one suits us just fine.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.