"At least we have something in common, perhaps", Trump quipped during a joint news conference with Merkel.
RealClearPolitics reporter Alexis Simendinger, who asked Spicer if he would please take the New York Times' question. The next day, the White House sent out a statement calling on the Congressional intelligence committees to investigate.
On Thursday, spokesman Sean Spicer turned to a Fox News analyst's contention that GCHQ, the British electronic intelligence agency, had helped Obama wiretap Trump.
Graham, who chairs the Senate panel, said the Senate will also hold up the nomination of Rod Rosenstein, Trump's pick for deputy attorney general, until Congress is provided with information "to finally clear the air as to whether there was ever a warrant issued against the Trump campaign".
"They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored", read the statement, which was issued on condition that it be attributed to an anonymous spokesperson to protect the identity of agency staff.
When pressed for evidence, Spicer chastised the media for focusing so much attention on comments disparaging Trump's claim about surveillance. Chuck Grassley have both said they will hold up hearings for Rod Rosenstein, Trump's nominee to serve as deputy attorney general, unless they get more information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Trump claimed he had "very good stuff" to offer on the subject and that he could speak in more detail on the subject as early as next week. He said Trump believes the evidence will "vindicate him".
So we think that's a big mistake. Leaders of both the House and Senate intelligence committees, including from Trump's Republican Party, have said they have found no evidence to substantiate Trump's claims that Obama ordered U.S. agencies to spy on Trump or his entourage.
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"He stands by it", Spicer said, characterizing the Intelligence Committee's statement as not final.
USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation conducted cyber attacks on Democrats in an effort to influence the 2016 US election on Trump's behalf. Australia, Canada and New Zealand are the other members.
The diplomat and White House official both spoke only on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
Mr. Trump tweeted first: "Terrible!"
A classified report from the US Justice Department reportedly does not confirm President Donald Trump's accusations that President Barack Obama ordered a spying operation against him during the 2016 election, CNN reported, citing two government officials familiar with the DOJ document. "I just don't want anybody jumping to any conclusion on any side of this, other than the fact that we know that Obama didn't physically wiretap Trump Tower", Nunes told CNN Friday. The department would not comment further on what information, if any, was provided. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California said Wednesday that if you take Trump's tweet on wiretapping literally, "clearly the president was wrong". He, too, declined to provide details.
Despite repeated requests, the White House has not provided any evidence to support this claim.
"It's inexplicable", said Representative Charlie Dent.
FBI Director James Comey will be grilled next Monday in a House hearing, the majority of which Nunes and Schiff expect they will be able to conduct in public.