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Lindsey Graham: 'Really Scary' If Americans Spied on Without Warrant

Lindsey Graham: 'Really Scary' If Americans Spied on Without Warrant
Sen. Lindsey Graham (AP)

By    |   Thursday, 13 April 2017 03:56 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham said he'd like to see a hearing in May looking into whether the Obama administration spied on anyone tied to the Trump campaign last year, and he called the prospect of the legislative branch spying on Americans "really scary."

During an interview on "Full Measure" slated to air this weekend, Graham told host Sharyl Attkisson if something illegal did occur, it needs to come out.

"If there were incidental contacts, not surveillance between Trump officials and foreign agents or officials, did [former national security adviser] Susan Rice have access to that information?" Graham asked. "Did she request it be unmasked, and what did she do with it? I don't know if that's a crime or not, but I sure am uncomfortable with that."

The South Carolina Republican said he's not sure elected officials' conversations should be monitored without a warrant, incidental or not.

"There's a separation of powers issue here. As a member of the legislative branch of government, I don't want the executive branch of government collecting my conversations even if they're incidental because I don't want them to know what I'm talking about," said Graham, who added that he'd like to see Senate hearings on the issue next month.

"This is really scary to me. I understand incidental collection is part of the process, but when you have government officials like myself, the Trump team, I think you should cut the machine off."

"Full Measure" airs Sunday on Sinclair stations nationwide, and is streamed live on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. ET at fullmeasure.news.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham said he'd like to see a hearing in May looking into whether the Obama administration spied on anyone tied to the Trump campaign last year, and he called the prospect of the legislative branch spying on Americans "really scary."
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