Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is weighing in on President Trump’s accusation that former President Obama ordered wiretapping on him and his associates before the election, and the president probably won’t like it much.
“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 Politico. He’s referring to the personification of justice as a blindfolded woman patterned after the Roman goddess, Iustitia.
We have the tools to keep us safe and it’s prudent for those tools to be used lawfully and appropriately. If they’re not used lawfully and appropriately, there’s a paper trail and we’ll be able to find it out.
Gowdy pointed out that any information on FISA warrants that might have been issued against him are available to Trump as the president. FISA refers to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 which established procedures for collecting intelligence lawfully.
“The Obama team is no longer in charge,” Gowdy added. “So any information the current Department of Justice has that suggests the previous Department of Justice acted inappropriately, they are welcome to release it.”
President Trump first tweeted the accusations against Obama Saturday morning and then Sunday demanded that Congress investigate the former president for abuses of his office in 2016, when the presidential election was held, and wiretapping was implemented according to Trump.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) suggested that if the wiretapping was done illegally, it would be the “biggest scandal since Watergate” for Obama, but if they were done legally, it would be the same for Trump.
The Trump administration has been plagued by leaks to the media that have undermined his progress. Such leaks led to the resignation of his national security advisor Mike Flynn after he admitted lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his interactions with a Russian ambassador. Trump blamed the media for what he perceived as unfair attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from any investigations on Trump’s campaign. Democrats have accused the administration of having unsavory interactions and ties to the Russian government.