Joining the chorus of voices speaking out about President Trump’s weekend Twitter maelstrom, where he accused former President Obama of wiretapping the phones in Trump Tower is South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy.
Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, made the point while appearing on Fox News that it’s “hard to cross-examine tweets.”
“No, sir,” Gowdy told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer when asked if he has seen evidence to back up Trump’s accusation. “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 set of scales.
“We have certain tools that this country needs to keep us safe, and it is great and wise and prudent and legal for those tools to be used lawfully and appropriately,” Gowdy said. “If they’re not used lawfully and appropriately, there is a paper trail and we’ll be able to find it out.”
Other lawmakers, such as Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Senators Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio have also stated that they have yet to see any evidence to back up Trump’s Twitter claims.
Trump’s 3am tweets about the wiretapping dominated the news cycle over the weekend, pushing the news of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from any investigations into Russian involvement with the Trump administration into the background.
To that point, however, it has been suggested that investigations into both Russian tampering and the possible wiretapping will be investigated jointly.
Gowdy went on to point out, as have others, that the Trump administration and the Justice Department have access to all the necessary paperwork to back up the allegations, so this is an issue that can be resolved fairly quickly.
“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.”
Let’s hope that happens sooner, rather than later.