On Saturday, Donald Trump made headlines when he claimed Barack Obama had the FBI wiretapped his phones during the 2016 presidential election.
Days later, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said that though he is doubtful that the FBI wiretapped Trump Tower, the president will have proof if it did indeed occur.
“I don’t think the FBI is the Obama team and I don’t think the men and women who are career prosecutors at DOJ belong to any team other than a blindfolded woman holding a pair of scales,” Gowdy said, according to Western Journalism. He added that there are protocols in place to ensure that surveillance powers are not misused.
“We have the tools to keep us safe and it’s prudent for those tools to be used lawfully and appropriately,” Gowdy said. “If they’re not used lawfully and appropriately, there’s a paper trail and we’ll be able to find it out.”
He went on to say that an investigation into this is very important.
Gowdy explained that there are only two ways for Americans to be wiretapped: through a criminal inquiry, or an intelligence inquiry under 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.”
“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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