Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Thursday that there was still a possibility that the Trump campaign was surveilled by the government in a legitimate fashion.
"Clearly the foreign intelligence surveillance act was used against the Trump campaign," said Graham to CNN's Manu Raju.
"That's a form of surveillance," he explained. "It is, surveillance is fine, but it's legal, it's authorized. Counter-intelligence investigation was opened up against the Trump campaign. That by its nature, surveillance is fine."
"That's OK if it was legal," he added.
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"I think what Mr. Barr is saying is that this didn't happen in the Clinton campaign, there was no counterintelligence investigation I know of against the Clinton campaign there was no FISA warrants opened up against her people," Graham said. "The question is why did the government open up a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign, and was the FISA warrant legit?"
"And those are issues that we need to find out about because the government did focus on the Trump campaign," he concluded.
The comment seemed to go against an earlier statement from the president, who seemed absolutely certain that the Obama administration had illegally spied on his presidential campaign.
"I think what he said was absolutely true, there was absolutely spying into my campaign," Trump said to the media.
"I'll go a step further," he added. "In my opinion, there was illegal spying, unprecedented spying and something that should never be allowed to happen in our country again."
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