President Trump faces a deadline today to produce evidence for lawmakers investigating his Twitter claim that former President Barack Obama illegally wiretapped his Trump Tower offices before the election.
But it’s congressional Republicans, including those who avidly support Trump and his agenda, who could face their own political heat in the 2018 elections based on how they handle the claims, which have been dismissed by Obama and intelligence officials.
House Intelligence Committee chairman and former Trump campaign surrogate Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-Calif.) and ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) gave the Trump administration until today to provide proof of the president’s claim, which is part the committee’s probe of election tampering by Russian officials.
Other Republicans are also calling for quick action from Trump, who has declined to produce evidence of the claim he made last week, instead calling on Congress to investigate.
But the backlash is less likely to harm the president, even if his claim that Obama committed a crime proves false, experts said.
“On the other hand, if Trump is proven right, it will be the biggest scandal since Watergate — and he will be the victor,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.