Cotton: ‘I’m Sure’ Senate Intelligence Committee Will Look into Allegations That Obama Admin Wiretapped Trump Campaign

By Melanie Arter | March 6, 2017 | 9:44am EST
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) (AP Photo)

( - Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” that he’s “sure” that his committee will investigate allegations that the Obama administration wiretapped then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“We’ve already begun an inquiry on the Intelligence Committee into Russia’s efforts to undermine confidence in our political system last year and in our interest all around the world.  That inquiry is going to be thorough, and we’re going to follow the facts wherever they lead us, and I’m sure that this matter will be a part of that inquiry,” Cotton said when asked whether his committee will look into whether the Obama administration “abused its executive role.”

“As part of our inquiry, we are going to review allegations of any kind of improper contacts between Russian officials and campaign officials or other American citizens, and I’m sure that we’ll be reviewing any allegations such as this,” he added.

Cotton said, as a member of the committee, he’s seen “no evidence” of allegations that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump or anyone else in the Trump Tower during the campaign.

“I’ve seen no evidence of the allegations we've seen in the media, Chris. Whether that's a potential FISA court application or denial of that application, or a resubmission of an application or surveillance for that matter. That doesn't mean that none of these things happened. It simply means I haven't seen that yet,” he said.  

​.Cotton said he doesn’t know whether there has been such a court order, and “all these matters will be part of our inquiry.”



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