Show us the documents

  • 9 March 2017
  • NormanL
Show us the documents

Into the ongoing storm of charges and counter-charges over whether the Obama administration tapped Donald Trump's phone lines during the 2016 presidential campaign comes a "prove it" moment:

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., are asking the Justice Department to prove it.

The bipartisan pair — who are chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism — sent a letter Wednesday to the FBI director and the acting deputy attorney general asking for specific information regarding the accusation. Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente is in charge of the Russia probe because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself last week from any investigation involving Russia and the Trump campaign.

“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,” wrote Graham and Whitehouse.  “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.”

This ought to shake things loose. If such documents exist, then we could have a gigantic political scandal on our hands. If they do not...then the President has some serious explaining to do.

Either way, the public deserves to know if such documents exist, and the Senate is well within its rights and obligations to make the request.

The nation faces too many issues, and Congress has too much on its plate, to chase phantoms.