Sen. Ted Cruz: Trump’s Wiretapping Allegations ‘Not Necessarily as Outlandish’ as Media Suggests

By Melanie Arter | March 20, 2017 | 11:49 AM EDT

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) (AP Photo)

( - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s allegations that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower is not as “outlandish as the press suggests.”

“I will point out, this is not necessarily as outlandish as everyone in the press suggests. We do know that the Obama administration targeted their political enemies. We do know that the IRS, for example, targeted citizens groups who spoke out in defense of the Constitution, who spoke out against Obama, and so the notion is not necessarily outlandish, but it is serious. So it needs to be based on facts,” Cruz said.


Cruz said that Congress should see the evidence behind the president’s allegations.

He noted that that there were reportedly “two FISA applications for some sort of surveillance or wiretaps” and that one was turned down by the FISA court, “one of which was granted.”

Cruz said it was important to learn more about what was contained in those FISA applications and that the investigations by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees will discover that.

“The FISA applications, though, are significant, or at least they could be. They have been reported publicly in the media. It is not often that the FISA court turns down an application. They usually grant those applications. That suggests the application was probably overbroad. It is worth looking at, was there a fishing expedition that the Obama administration was trying to do or not?” Cruz said.