Gowdy: No evidence that Obama wiretapped Trump

Gowdy: No evidence that Obama wiretapped Trump
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Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyHouse Dem moves to force vote on bill protecting Mueller Overnight Regulation: Groups sue over decision to end pay-data rule | EU proposes tax on tech companies | Sessions issues memo on death penalty for drug cases | Pruitt spent 5K on first class flights Overnight Energy: EPA says Pruitt's security detail flies first class | Lackluster offshore drilling sales | Oil companies snag leases near Bears Ears monument MORE (R-S.C.) said Monday he’s seen no evidence to support President Trump’s claim that former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaRivals and consumers will rein in Facebook, not regulation Obamas send handwritten note to Parkland students: 'We will be there for you' Water has experienced a decade of bipartisan success MORE wiretapped his office during the presidential race.

“I don't think the FBI is the Obama team, and I don't think the men and women who are career prosecutors at [the Department of Justice] belong to any team other than a blindfolded woman holding a pair of scales,” Gowdy told Fox News, referencing the Greek goddess Themis, who represents justice and trust.

Trump accused the Obama administration of wiretapping Trump Tower while he was still a candidate, calling it a "Nixon/Watergate" scandal on Twitter.

Trump aides such as Kellyanne Conway argue the president has classified information at his disposal, but so far, there is no public evidence to support Trump’s claim. An Obama spokesman denied Trump’s accusation.

“We have the tools to keep us safe and it's prudent for those tools to be used lawfully and appropriately,” Gowdy said on Fox.

“If they're not used lawfully and appropriately, there's a paper trail and we'll be able to find it out,” he added.

Gowdy, a former prosecutor who led the House select committee investigation into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks, said the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant the Obama administration reportedly used would be available for Trump and his team to review.

“The Obama team is no longer in charge, so any information the current Department of Justice has that suggests the previous Department of Justice acted inappropriately, they are welcome to release it,” Gowdy said. 

--This report was updated at 3:13 p.m.