Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, announced Monday that there may be a paper trail top back up President Trump’s claims that President Obama ordered a wire-tap of the Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.
Mr. Gowdy said there are two ways a U.S. citizen’s electronic communications can be intercepted: through either a criminal inquiry, or an intelligence inquiry through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
“There is no other way for it lawfully to be done,” he said. “The good news about both of those … is there’s a paper trail. There’s an application. There are warrants — all of which can be reviewed.”
“And right now, the executive branch is controlled not by the Obama administration, but by the Trump administration,” he said. “So whatever information is out there — and there would be a paper trail — is now controlled by the executive branch run by Mr. Trump.”
The White House on Sunday said Mr. Trump was asking the House and Senate intelligence committees to look into “whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016” as part of their inquiries into Russian activity related to last year’s election.
The statement said neither Mr. Trump nor the White House would comment further until the oversight is conducted.
However, Mr. Gowdy said the Justice Department could potentially answer some of the questions right now.
“The Obama team is no longer in charge,” he said. “So any information the current Department of Justice has that suggests the previous Department of Justice acted inappropriately — they are welcome to release it.”
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