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Senator Graham Showing Severe Concern Over Government Surveillance Of Private Citizens

Congress should investigate “scary” allegations that Donald Trump’s campaign was the target of government surveillance during last year’s presidential campaign, Sen. Lindsey Graham said in an interview to be broadcast this weekend.

According to Newsmax, the South Carolina Republican called on his fellow lawmakers to hold hearings next month to determine whether the Obama administration tried to help Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by collecting information about the Trump team. Graham told “Full Measure” host Sharyl Attkisson that authorities must confirm whether anyone in the executive branch broke the law.

Referring to Obama’s national security adviser, the senator asked: “If there were incidental contacts, not surveillance between Trump officials and foreign agents or officials, did Susan Rice have access to that information? Did she request it be unmasked, and what did she do with it? I don’t know if that’s a crime or not, but I sure am uncomfortable with that.”

Rice has acknowledged that she sometimes asked intelligence agencies to give her the names of Americans mentioned in surveillance reports. However, she denies that she “unmasked” anyone or released sensitive information. Trump claims her requests prove the Obama administration was spying on his associates.

“There’s a separation of powers issue here,” Graham explained. “As a member of the legislative branch of government, I don’t want the executive branch of government collecting my conversations even if they’re incidental because I don’t want them to know what I’m talking about. … This is really scary to me. I understand incidental collection is part of the process, but when you have government officials like myself, the Trump team, I think you should cut the machine off.”

The senator recently told Fox News that Congress should “get to the bottom of” Rice’s actions. He accused her of “political manipulation of national security information,” adding: “She’s done it in the past. Whether or not she did it this time, I don’t know, but it’s something Congress should look into. I’m not going to prejudge here, but I think every American should know whether or not the national security adviser for President Obama was involved in unmasking Trump transition figures for political purposes.”

Source: News Max
Photo: CNN

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