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Senators request more info from FBI on Trump wiretap allegations

At least two U.S. Senators are requesting information from the FBI after allegations from President Donald Trump that his phones were wiretapped during the election.

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) sent a letter to the FBI Wednesday.

"We request that the Department of Justice provide us copies of any warrant application 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 letter stated in part.

During a town hall event in Clemson, South Carolina over the weekend, Sen. Graham said the allegations have him "very worried."

"I'm very worried that our president is suggesting that the former president has done something illegal," Sen. Graham told those in attendance. "I would be very worried if in fact the Obama administration was able to obtain a warrant lawfully about Trump Campaign activity with foreign governments."

Graham told those at the town hall his job as a senator is to "get to the bottom of this."

"I promise you I will," he said.

Below is the full text of the letter from Sen. Graham and Sen. Whitehouse to the FBI

March 8, 2017

The Honorable Dana J. Boente

Acting Deputy Attorney General

Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20530

The Honorable James B. Comey, Jr.

Director

Federal Bureau of Investigation

935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20535

Dear Deputy Attorney General Boente and Director Comey:

Congress must get to the bottom of President Trump's recent allegation that President Obama wiretapped President Trump’s phones during the 2016 election. The White House agrees. On Sunday, President Trump requested, through Press Secretary Sean Spicer, that Congressional committees investigate whether executive branch investigative powers were abused during the Obama administration.

The President's request was for the intelligence committees to look into this, but it is the Department of Justice’s criminal division that obtains warrants for wiretaps, and oversight of the criminal division lies with the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. Therefore, 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. We will be glad to review any such applications and orders once they are disclosed, and proceed as appropriate with the oversight the President has requested.

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. We look forward to your response.


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