According to a statement delivered earlier on Saturday, Republican Senator Ben Sasse is demanding the public release of the FISA court warrant request regarding the alleged Obama surveillance of the Trump Tower.
Mr. Ben Sasse expressed his concerns about President Trump’s tweets from Saturday in which he accused former President Barack Obama of authorizing an illegal wiretap on his campaign during the 2016 election.
Senator Ben Sasse also acknowledged that Obama’s spokesman has said that President Trump’s accusations are false, but let me quote directly from his official statement:
The President today made some very serious allegations, and the informed citizens that a republic requires deserve more information. If without, the President should explain what sort of wiretap it was and how he knows this. It is possible that he was illegally tapped.
The Nebraska Senator went on to saying that, if President Trump’s accusations are true, the FISA court records should present the general public with the evidence, provided that the wiretapping followed a legal FISA Court order:
On the other hand, if it was with a legal FISA Court order, then an application for surveillance exists that the Court found credible. The President should ask that this full application regarding surveillance of foreign operatives or operations be made available, ideally to the full public, and at a bare minimum to the U.S. Senate.
The Senator ended with a stark warning to Donald Trump:
We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust, and the President’s allegations today demand the thorough and dispassionate attention of serious patriots. A quest for the full truth, rather than knee-jerk partisanship, must be our guide if we are going to rebuild civic trust and health.
my statement on wiretapping… pic.twitter.com/OzYkOCXeEh
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) March 4, 2017
It is an already known fact that starting with June of 2016, Barack Obama’s administration filed requests with the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court, asking for a mandate(denied at the time) to monitor Donald Trump and several of his advisers’s communications. Then, the Obama Administration filed a new request in October, regarding a server located in Trump Tower which was suspected of having links to Russian banks, but no evidence was found.
However, the wiretaps continued for “national security reasons”, i.e. Barack Obama’s administration was monitoring an opposing Presidential candidate using the state’s high-tech surveillance apparatus of the federal intelligence agencies.