After Trump’s accusation of Obama earlier Saturday morning, GOP Sen.Ben Sasse (Neb.) called on President Trump to release information backing up his bombshell claims
“We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust, and the President’s allegations today demand the thorough and dispassionate attention of serious patriots,” Sasse said in a statement.
Sassy that Trump made some “very serious allegations” and needs to release information to back it up.
“If without [authorization], the President should explain what sort of wiretap it was and how he knows this,” Sasse said. “It is possible that he was illegally tapped.”
Sasse said if there was a legal authorization for a phone tap, “an application for surveillance exists that the court found credible.”
“The president should ask that this full application regarding surveillance of foreign operatives or operations be made available, ideally to the full public, and at a bare minimum to the U.S. Senate,” Sasse said.
Sasse isn’t the first GOP Senator to raise concerns about Trump’s remarks. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), who said Saturday he was “very worried” about Trump’s accusations that President Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower before the November election.
Trump made huge accusations about Obama earlier Saturday morning and had no evidence whatsoever to back up his claims.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump wrote.
“Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!” he added in subsequent tweets.
“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!”
“A quest for the full truth, rather than knee-jerk partisanship, must be our guide if we are going to rebuild civic trust and health,” Sasse said.
Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis also spoke on behalf of the former president about the situation.
“A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” Lewis said in a statement earlier Saturday denying Trump’s allegations that Obama ordered any surveillance of Trump.
“As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen,” Lewis said. “Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”