“Congress shouldn’t investigate Trump’s wiretap claim unless he provides some evidence,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told reporters on Monday evening, putting the pressure back on Donald Trump.
Answering questions about president Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that President Obama wiretapped his campaign, the Arizona Senator said that Congress should not launch a probe into President unless there’s reason to believe that the accusation may be true.
“If there’s no basis for it, then there’s no reason for an investigation,” McCain told reporters, referring to a Congressional probe into the claim.
McCain said that Trump is obligated to tell the American people why he made the claim.
“The president said it, and based on something. What was the basis of his conclusion that his predecessor had broken the law by wiretapping Trump Tower?” McCain said, per Roll Call. “The American people need to know.”
“It’s his obligation to tell the American people why he made the allegation that he did, on what basis, and that information should be known to the American people — not just Congress, not just a select committee, but to the American people,” the senator added, per Roll Call. “Because he has charged his predecessor, according to the former director of national intelligence, with violating the law.”
“I’ve seen anything like this,” McCain told reporters. “This is unprecedented,” he said, according to Politico. “I have never heard of a president of the United States accusing his predecessor or any other president of the United States of violating the law.”