Republican senator Lindsey Graham vows to get to the bottom of President Trump’s allegations that former president Barack Obama had wiretapped him during the late stages of the presidential election campaign.
CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES (NBC) Republican senator Lindsey Graham said, on Saturday (March 4) he had no knowledge about any wiretapping but is “very worried that our president is suggesting that the former president has done something illegally. I would (also) be very worried if in fact the Obama administration was able to obtain a warrant lawfully about Trump campaign activity.”
Speaking at a town hall in Clemson, South Carolina Graham said it was his job “to get to the bottom of this. I promise I will.”
President Donald Trump, on Saturday, claimed that then-president Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump in October during the late stages of the presidential election campaign, saying it was “simply false.”
Trump made the accusation in a series of tweets, without citing evidence, just weeks into his administration and amid rising scrutiny of his campaign’s ties to Russia.
Trump said the alleged wiretapping took place in his Trump Tower office and apartment building in New York, but there was “nothing found.”
U.S. intelligence agencies concluded last year that Russia hacked and leaked Democratic emails during the election campaign as part of an effort to tilt the vote in Trump’s favor. The Kremlin has denied the allegations.
Trump has accused officials in Obama’s administration of trying to discredit him with questions about Russia contacts.
Graham said he would insist that the FBI faced no political interference as it looked into Russia’s alleged role in the election.
“I believe with all my heart and soul that Russia did interfere in our elections. It wasn’t a 400-pound man sitting on a bed somewhere. It was Russian intelligence services hacked into Podesta’s emails, the DNC, they threw a third party, in my view, gave that information to WikiLeaks and it was leaked out during the course of the campaign. That to me needs to be punished,” Graham said.
Trump’s administration has come under pressure from Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional investigations into contacts between some members of his campaign team and Russian officials during his campaign.