GOP senators demand DOJ give answers after it allegedly spied on House, Senate staffers during Russia probe
Republican senators are demanding answers from the Department of Justice (DOJ) after reports surfaced that it surveilled Congressional staff during the Russia investigation.
In a letter sent on Tuesday, five GOP senators called on the DOJ to provide information about the rumors that the Bureau of Investigation (FBI) spied on Legislative Branch staff.
“We write to express our grave concerns about recent reports that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) surveilled Congressional staff in the course of an investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 election,” the letter reads.
The senators – Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) – requested that details of the scandal, including the types of surveillance used and the identities of any staffers implicated in the probe, be turned over.
They also asked for a timeline of the surveillance, the legal authority provided for this monitoring, and any details about the sharing of information between the DOJ and intelligence agencies.
The senators asked that the answers to their questions be provided by March 10.