Top US Senators Add Doubts About Trump Wiretap Allegation

Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, confirmed that they gave Comey until this past Wednesday to inform the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism about whether the FBI is investigating President Trump's wiretapping claim about Obama.

Ryan's comment comes as Trump and the White House have retreated from the President's stunning accusation in a tweet two weeks ago. The statement clearly says that, at this time, that they don't believe that.

"We've cleared that up", Ryan said, adding that he'd received a briefing and seen no evidence of Trump's wiretap claims.

Graham, of SC, is leading one of three congressional investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

The leaders of the US Senate Intelligence Committee issued a bipartisan statement on Thursday (March 16) rejecting President Donald Trump's assertion that the Obama administration tapped his phones during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Spicer read aloud to reporters news reports from recent months that suggested there could have been spying on Trump Tower or the Trump campaign, and said people should wait for the formal conclusion of any investigations. Trump has said he had nothing to do with Russian Federation and described the probes as witch-hunts.

"Wiretap covers a lot of different things".

"Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election?" he said in another tweet.

The latest and most important denial from the Senate committee follows a claim by the president in a TV interview on Wednesday night that he would "very soon" give further information about what he now says was surveillance and not wiretapping.

"They are not findings", he said. Jones had been asked if he was anxious about Trump using the website as a weapon against lawmakers who do not support his health care bill, but responded: "Here he is saying Obama's wiretapped Trump Tower - it's the craziest thing I've ever heard!"

In December, 49 percent of voters described Trump's use of Twitter as a bad thing, compared with just 23 percent who viewed it as mostly a good thing.

Carlson challenged Trump, asking him why he wouldn't wait to tweet about a serious charge until he had evidence to support his statements.

Trump has said little about his allegations against Obama, largely leaving it to White House aides to explain his inflammatory statements.

"I can deny it", Mr. Clapper said.

President Trump dismissed questions about his still-unfounded claim that President Obama ordered surveillance of him with a joke Friday and revived one of the most troublesome diplomatic episodes of Obama's tenure in the process.

If that had occurred, he said, he would "absolutely" have been told that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had sought and received a court-ordered warrant to tap under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

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