Top senators: No evidence Trump Tower bugged by Obama

Trevor Jackson
March 21, 2017

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.

Leaders from the House and Senate Intelligence Committees asked the Justice Department for evidence after Trump called for a congressional inquiry into his as-yet-unproven wiretapping claims.

The chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Republican Devin Nunes, has also said he has seen no evidence of wiretapping, but did not rule out the possibility of "incidental" surveillance, per CNN. "That really covers ― because wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff ― but that really covers surveillance and many other things". "The point is, the intelligence committees in their continuing, widening, ongoing investigation of all things Russian Federation, got to the bottom - at least so far - with respect to our intelligence community that - that no such wiretap existed", the House speaker told reporters.

U.S. Republican congressional leaders have refused Democrats' calls for a special prosecutor or select committee to investigate possible links between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, saying investigations by congressional committees are sufficient.

The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said that they have found no evidence to substantiate Republican President Donald Trump's claim his phones were tapped in 2016 on the orders of predecessor Barack Obama.

As congressional Republicans distanced themselves from Trump's tweets, the White House started to walk back the accusation.

On Monday, the House panel sent the Justice Department a letter asking for copies of any court orders related to Trump or his associates which might have been issued a year ago under an electronic surveillance law or a wide-ranging anti-crime statute.

Spicer and Trump's national security adviser, Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, told British officials that Spicer was "simply pointing to public reports, not endorsing any specific story".

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"There is no question that there were surveillance techniques used throughout this", Mr Spicer said.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he had not given Trump any reason to believe he was wiretapped by President Obama. Those include situations when the communications contain information that a crime has been or is about to be committed; when the Americans' identity is necessary to understand the importance of the foreign intelligence collected; or when the communication provides information that an American may be an agent of a foreign power.

Stone said he was unaware at the time that USA officials believed the hacker had ties to Russian Federation.

"We don't know how anybody would have that information unless they have different information than me because we know that Flynn was picked up on incidental collection", Nunes said.

Faced with rejections of the allegations by top legislators of both parties, White House spokesman Sean Spicer defended Trump's claims Friday, saying the president "stands by" them.

Other influential Republicans, including Sen.

"It's just too bad that we have to go to this length", Grassley said.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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