Friday, March 10, 2017

We need an independent look at the FBI's handling of Trump's campaign

The Hill by

As many have pointed out over the past week, President Trump’s tweets alleging that President Obama ordered wiretapping of the Trump campaign are not only free of evidentiary support, they are nonsensical. But aside from the interesting fact that the tweets themselves may be subject to federal records laws, as the House Oversight Committee warned this week, Trump’s tirade is significant because it actually reveals the need for an independent investigation of the FBI’s actions concerning its investigation of the Trump campaign, though not for the reason the president thinks.

First, let’s just review how our surveillance law works. To begin with, the president doesn’t initiate law-enforcement or surveillance activity against a U.S. citizen — the FBI does. Moreover, the Obama administration had a clear policy that no White House official could ever interfere with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice.

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