House Intel Committee: Still No Evidence of Trump Tower Wiretap

Trevor Jackson
March 16, 2017

The Republican and Democratic leaders of the House intelligence committee say they have seen no evidence supporting Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him previous year.

Her remarks came after a congressional aide's statement over the weekend saying the House intelligence committee had asked the Trump administration to provide evidence by Monday that Trump's phones at Trump Tower in NY were tapped. Trump provided no evidence for his claim.

Jack Langer, spokesman for House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, said in a statement that the Committee wants the Justice Department to respond no later than March 20.

She also said she did not have "any evidence" to support President Trump's wiretapping claim against former President Barack Obama - but said "that's why" there is an investigation.

White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway has also suggested that Trump was spied on by the previous administration. He continued the allegation against Obama in other tweets, but offered no evidence.

It is unclear how the phone calls were intercepted, though Trump implied in his tweet that they were picked up by wiretaps of Trump Tower or of campaign members. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"

Meanwhile, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway drew ridicule over her comments on surveillance in an interview Sunday with the Bergen Record as she attempted to walk back Trump's wiretapping claims.

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The allegations were made by President Donald Trump almost two weeks ago in a series of tweets that accused the former president of committing the illegal act.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday said Trump is "extremely confident" that the Justice Department will produce evidence to back up his assertion, adding that the USA president believes the evidence will "vindicate him".

Trump hasn't commented on the alleged wiretapping since his initial tweets, but his spokesmen have done nothing to shoot down the claim when questioned by reporters over the last 10 days.

Despite repeated requests, the White House has not given any evidence for the claim.

The FBI and House and Senate committees are investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible contacts between Trump associates and Russians.

He had earlier said that Trump's tweet "speaks for itself" and refused to provide any further explanation. "We know that is just a fact of modern life", she continued.

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