The Trump administration faces another lawmaker-imposed deadline Wednesday to muster evidence to back the president’s claim that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower last year, after the Justice Department pleaded for more time Monday.
Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday put the FBI on notice ahead of a hearing on Russia he has scheduled for Wednesday.
He said he planned to make an announcement about a letter he and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island Democrat, recently sent to the DOJ asking for the information “and let the FBI know they’re about to screw up big time if they keep running to the intel committee and not answer that letter.”
“If they don’t honor this request and give us an answer, then I would say that we need a joint select committee, because the regular order is not working,” Mr. Graham told reporters.
They asked for the information in a March 8 letter. Mr. Graham, the committee chairman, has not ruled out issuing a subpoena to get a solid response, and Mr. Whitehouse, the panel’s ranking Democrat, said on MSNBC Tuesday that he’s ready to back Mr. Graham.
“That’s the chairman’s call. But I think the sooner we actually start getting answers, the better off we all are,” Mr. White house said.