Top US Senators Add Doubts About Trump Wiretap Allegation

Top US Senators Add Doubts About Trump Wiretap Allegation

Top US Senators Add Doubts About Trump Wiretap Allegation

Earlier this month, Donald Trump accused President Barack Obama of having had his "wires tapped" in Trump Tower before the election.

The heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee have seen no evidence that the Obama administration "wiretapped" Trump Tower, according to a brief statement issued Thursday. He suggested the US president's assertion, made in a series of March 4 tweets, should not be taken at face value. The statement clearly says that, at this time, that they don't believe that.

GOP congressmen on the various house and senate committees investigating Trump's links with Russian Federation also have had enough, threatening to issue subpoenas against the White House and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and/or to block presidential appointments until they get answers - in particular, that of Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general. The FBI is also investigating.

As congressional Republicans distanced themselves from Trump's tweets, the White House started to walk back the accusation. The White House insisted for weeks that the Justice Department could provide evidence to support Trump's claim.

But all of those reports describe the Justice Department seeking out legal ways to pursue its investigation.

Sen. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C and Sen. Two, that the target of the tapping was Trump himself - not Trump associates or others.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, added, "There is absolutely no evidence of that and no suggestion of evidence of that".

The House intelligence committee will begin holding public hearings on Monday.

Donald Trump's wiretapping allegations 'nonsensical,' ex-UK ambassador says
White House press secretary Sean Spicer also accused British intelligence of tapping Trump's calls at Obama's behest. It led to USA officials making an apology for repeating the claims which had been initially made on Fox News.

"We don't have any evidence that took place", said Nunes, a crucial Trump ally and member of his national security transition team, who nevertheless fanned the flames of Trump's theory in a press conference.

Identities of Americans who show up in USA surveillance against foreign entities are supposed to stay concealed. That allows the government to collect the communications of individuals suspected of being agents of a foreign power.

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.

Sessions, a staunch supporter of Trump during the campaign, recused himself earlier this month from the Russian Federation investigations after it was revealed that he did not disclose his own contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

Merkel, who was making her first visit to the White House since Trump took office, looked surprised by the president's comment, which he appeared primed to deliver.

A spokesman for Britain's prime minister says the White House has promised that it won't repeat a claim that United Kingdom spies snooped on U.S. President Donald Trump. "I don't believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign".

Well, none other than James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence at the time, said it never happened. Karl said. "They said they see no indication".

Over in the House, Mr. Nunes has begun a similar inquiry into the Kremlin's behind-the-scenes attempts to influence the presidential election in Mr. Trump's favor.

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