On Monday, FBI director James Comey announced that the FBI has not found any evidence to substantiate President Trump’s claims that President Obama wiretapped the phones in Trump Tower.
‘With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets. And we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components.’
That announcement from Comey appears to have been enough for some Republicans, like Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), to decide that Trump’s accusations were baseless and that an apology is necessary.
On Wednesday, during an interview with CBS This Morning, Senator Graham called for Trump to issue an apology for accusing President Obama of breaking the law without any proof to back him up.
Graham first explained that Trump’s accusations threaten the country’s democracy.
‘We live in a country where the rule of law does matter, and when you have the highest official in the land — the president of the United States — accusing his predecessor of illegal activity with no evidence, that hurts our democracy.’
The show’s host followed up by asking what Graham thinks will happen if Trump “refuses to back down.” Graham responded:
‘[Trump] will suffer over time with the American people.’
The Senator then worked in a joke about love meaning “never having to say you’re sorry” before reminding the president that he is not above an apology.
‘Here’s what I would say to the president: It doesn’t mean you’re above having to say you’re sorry or to apologize if you did something wrong. I think most people in America would appreciate it if the president of the United States had the ability to say, “I made a mistake. I’m sorry.”‘
Graham ended his statement by elaborating on his warning that Trump’s credibility will suffer if he continues to stand by the accusations.
‘If you can’t [apologize], then that’s going to hurt you over time with the American people because there will come a day that you’ll have to look the TV camera in the eye and tell them that North Korea is about to develop a missile, hit our homeland and I want to stop them.
‘You need that credibility. So I think President Trump is going to put his credibility at risk if he continues this narrative without proof.’
On Wednesday, Graham joined the growing number of Republican politicians who think it’s time for Trump to apologize. Included in that group are Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), and Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona).
Watch Graham’s call for an apology in the video below, via Twitter.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 22, 2017
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.