It’s official: The U.S. Senate will accept Donald Trump’s request to look into his latest paranoid conspiracy theory – that former President Barack Obama wiretapped the phones at Trump Tower before leaving office.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters on Monday, according to The Hill, that the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism will investigate Trump’s ridiculous Twitter claim, which was based solely on “reporting” from right-wing sources, like Breitbart.
“He’s challenged the Congress to look into this and I will, along with Sen. Whitehouse, look into whether or not there was any lawful warrant requested and received on the Trump campaign and whether or not there was any illegal activity regarding the Trump campaign,” Graham said, according to The Hill.
If this is what it takes to get a thorough investigation of “any illegal activity regarding the Trump campaign,” then count me in.
Not long after Graham’s remarks were reported, NBC News noted that Arizona Sen. John McCain said that Trump “owes it to the American people” to provide evidence for his bogus claim that Obama personally wiretapped the phones at Trump Tower.
Here’s the original Trump tweet that is causing such a stir on both sides of the aisle:
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
The pending inquiry into this claim is separate from other investigations into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia, which have blown up over the past week as a growing number of people connected to the president – including the Attorney General Jeff Sessions – have met with Russian officials without previously disclosing it.
In the case of Sessions, he blatantly lied about it during his confirmation hearing when he told Sen. Al Franken explicitly that he never met with the Russians, even though he did twice during the campaign.
While it’s troubling that the U.S. government is now at the mercy of the unstable president’s baseless and paranoid conspiracy theories, it’s good news that more Republicans are voicing their support of investigations related to these matters.
After all, the more we look into the merits of Trump’s early-morning Twitter rants, the more unstable he looks. Perhaps then we can reach a bipartisan consensus that this man has no business holding the most powerful office in the world.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.