Key Senate Leader: ‘Sufficient’ Responses Received On Trump Wiretap Claim

Key Senate Leader Sufficient Responses Received On Trump Wiretap Claim

Although the Department of Justice has asked for more time to respond to a House request for evidence related to President Donald Trump’s claim he was wiretapped during his presidential campaign, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said he has received “sufficient” responses about the accusation.

“I’ve talked to all the appropriate people,” said Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.

“I would say from our conversations, what we’ve gotten are sufficient answers,” he added.

Although the House Intelligence Committee had imposed a Monday deadline, Burr noted that, “The House operates differently than I do.”

Burr said associates of Trump supporter Roger Stone could be brought before the committee due to Stone’s connections with a hacker known only as “Guccifer 2.0” who has claimed credit for hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee.

Burr recently noted that to date, nothing he has seen regarding possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia would require a special prosecutor.

“If at the end of (the Intelligence Committee’s probe) we found a reason to have a special prosecutor, I would gladly go out and call for one. But there’s been nothing to suggest that this rises to the level of a special prosecutor,” he said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., offered a different version of the Justice Department’s cooperation, saying his request for information about the wiretap claims has not yet been answered.

“I’m getting very ill-tempered over this,” he said. “I expect them to take some time, but Judiciary has control over the FBI–oversight. So I have said, OK, let’s keep the committee process in place, regular order, so if the FBI runs over to the Intel committee and they testify there, and they don’t respond to my letter, I think that’s a mistake, because the FBI is under our jurisdiction.”

Graham also had a direct message for FBI Director James Comey.

“You’ll run afoul of the Judiciary Committee. If I were you, I wouldn’t do that,” he said. “Director Comey, trying to give you a little advice here.”

As Congress inches forward in its investigations of both Trump’s wiretapping claims and Russian involvement in the 2016 election, Trump picked up support from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

“I’ve watched as the intelligence community has lied not only to me but other members of Congress, even in classified settings,” King said. “And so I have my suspicions.”

King said some members of the intelligence community had their “long knives out” for Trump and were looking to “draw some blood.”

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