For the past two weeks, headlines have been largely dominated by President Donald Trump’s claims that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in order to listen in on what Trump was saying during the campaign/transition period.
Graham said Wednesday that FBI Director James Comey agreed to brief Graham and Rhode Island Democrat Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, but only in a “classified” setting, meaning that the public won’t be able to know what is said during the meeting.
Graham is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism; Whitehouse is its ranking Democrat. On March 8, the two sent a letter to Comey demanding answers to the wiretap controversy.
“Apparently the FBI has contacted my staff (and said) that they will be at some date in the future providing us an answer to this in a classified manner,” Graham stated at a hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, according to the Daily Mail.
If there was no wiretapping (or at least no proof of wiretapping), why does the FBI need a classified briefing? Something smells somewhat fishy here.
The Hill noted that Graham did not provide a specific date for the hearing, and it appears that the FBI did not give him a specific date either.
While that briefing will be classified, Politico reported that on Monday, Comey will testify publicly before the House Intelligence Committee, so there are sure to be some fireworks at that testimony, and maybe even a few answers too.
It is entirely possible that during the briefing with Graham and Whitehouse on wiretapping the FBI may have to talk about the bureau’s technical capabilities, which it would undoubtedly like to keep classified.
However, the FBI has been asked for weeks to comment publicly on Trump’s allegations and has refused to do so. This has led to a lot of speculation because if the FBI really doesn’t have anything, why not just say so?
Hopefully, we’ll get some answers within the next week.
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