Trump Tower wires not tapped confirms House Intelligence Committee

16 March, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Michele Stevens
  • House intelligence leaders see no evidence of Trump wiretap

"But it's an illegal thing; they've been doing it, they've done it before and I think it's a disgrace".

Whitehouse and Graham both asked the Justice Department last week to provide any evidence that would support Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory.

On 4 March, Mr Trump sparked a furore when wrote on his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account that Mr Obama had tapped into communications at Trump Tower, New York home to the president and first family, before the 8 November election.

Trump's claims have put his administration in a bind.

It's important to remember exactly what Trump accused Obama of.

Congressman Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the committee, said: "It deeply concerns me that the president would make such an accusation without basis".

Two senators, Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) sent a letter to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, requesting "copies of any warrant applications and court orders... related to wiretaps of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower".

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The committee had given the agency a Monday, March 20 deadline something which did not go by the investigations carried out by the Senate Intelligent Committee.

"I will leave it up to the [congressional committees] to issue their reports".

The White House has asked those committees to also investigate Trump's unverified wiretapping allegations against Obama. According to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Director Comey vowed that he would be told by this afternoon whether or not Trump is being actively investigated regarding his alleged Russian campaign ties.

When asked to explain why he had not asked for such evidence, Burr said he felt it was unnecessary. "There's a code of federal regulations, rules, statutes really, that says if you're a Department of Justice employee in the campaign, you can not investigate your own campaign - even though you may have had nothing whatsoever to do with anything improper". "He needs to answer the letter and give the nation some information about what's going on here".

Nunes' and Schiff's comments come after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Tuesday that Trump believes that his wiretapping claims will be supported by evidence.

"I think there's significant reporting about surveillance techniques that existed throughout the 2016 election".

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