Quantcast

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

More News Stories

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we get to see all kinds of locations that will probably not be on our itineraries anytime soon. You can...

According to a consumer website survey, after analyzing the data, red states are more patriotic than blue states.

WalletHub explored...

It takes a certain kind of courage to get up on stage and perform in front of judges, but when one of those judges happens to be Simon Cowell it...

China “is the culprit” for computer hackers obtaining the personal information of about 4 million federal government employees, Republican Rep....

A Washington school plans to comply with Sharia law to appease their Muslim student population. They've taken products off the menu that do not...

Latest News Stories

Those who actively use their brains can actually find that it leads to increased IQ, improved memory and improved function overall. Even if you’re...

When you go to visit a certain monument in Washington, you need to approach it as a solemn moment. If you don't, the guard is going to call you...

According to Central American migrants escaping violence in their own countries and seeking safety in the United States, the long trek to the US...

A woman tried to smuggle some hardware out of Home Depot in her underwear. When a store employee tried to stop her, she bit him.

Vivian...

Everyone has their breaking point. Whether it’s stress brought on by problems at work or troubles on the homefront, there comes a point when the...

Political correctness is preventing surveillance of Muslim groups in the United States, according to Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

In an...

A K-9 police dog died Thursday night when his handler left him in a patrol car and forgot about him. Despite criticism, the handler is devastated...

The two teen girls from India, who were gang-raped and hung from a mango tree last month, may have been victims of an honor killing, according to...

One teen showed up at his local Best Buy store every single day. Daily, he would walk up to the store's Wii U gaming system display and play the...

President Trump on Thursday used another press conference to bash the news media, declaring that reporters’ “dishonesty is out of control.”

...