Conservative Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) made a damning statement on Donald Trump’s ridiculous assertion that President Obama personally ordered wire-tapping of Trump in the closing months of the 2016 presidential election. Sasse says that Trump should provide further information if he is going to level such a charge.
Here is the full statement:
“The president today made some very serious allegations, and the informed citizens that a republic requires deserve more information. If there were wiretaps of then-candidate Trump’s organization or campaign, then it was either with FISA Court authorization or without such authorization. If without, the President should explain what sort of wiretap it was and how he knows this. It is possible he was illegally tapped.
“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 US Senate.
“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.”
And here Sasse points out the can of worms that Trump unwittingly opened on himself: either he is lying in his statement about Obama’s actions or there truly was a FISA court ordered issued — which Obama could not have requested — which means the subject of the investigation about Trump will eventually come to light. In other words, what probable cause did the FISA court find to even issue the court order?
Either way, it doesn’t turn out well for Trump and this all illustrates again what we’ve already known, which is that Trump has a toddler’s impulse control in making such serious accusations. But it also shows that he simply is not very bright.