House Intelligence Chair can't find evidence to support Trump's wiretapping claim
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 16, 2017,
Mar 16, 2017, 0:29
Representative Devin Nunes said if the accusation made was to be taken literally "then clearly the President is wrong".
Earlier this month, Trump fired off a series of tweets accusing Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Aside from the Russian Federation situation, President Trump also accused former President Barack Obama of "wiretapping" Trump Tower in the weeks leading up to Election Day.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he was not the source behind Trump's claims about Obama wiretapping him. FBI Director James Comey was reportedly outraged by Trump's statement and pressed the Justice Department to debunk the claim right away.
The Justice Department missed Nunes's deadline to provide evidence Monday, which drew Nunes's subpoena threat. Specifically, that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower at the end of the election, as alleged by the current POTUS. Trey Gowdy said if such surveillance happened, there would be a paper trail and the DOJ could release it. Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory.
Graham says he asked Comey to answer this question by Wednesday and also to say whether the FBI is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. Despite media and government calls for Trump and his administration to provide evidence of their claims, so far none has materialized.
Trump also offered his first reaction to the leaked portion of his 2005 tax returns in the interview with Carlson, calling the report "illegal" and "a disgrace".
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also suggested over the weekend that any number of surveillance techniques could have been used to surveil Trump Tower, including cameras in microwaves - an allegation she later took back. Whitehouse and myself - wanting to know if there's evidence of a warrant issued by the Trump campaign.He hasn't answered that letter or confirmed if there's a real investigation of the Trump campaign.
Comey and Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, will testify at a public hearing the Intelligence Committee will hold Monday, Nunes said. The claim, presented without evidence, was met with immediate skepticism from lawmakers questioning what the Republican meant. "I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks".