Trump's Allegations of Obama Wiretapping Him Are False: FBI, NSA

The top two lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that documents the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation delivered late last week offered no evidence that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower, but the panel's ranking Democrat says the material offers circumstantial evidence that US citizens colluded with Russians in Moscow's efforts to interfere in the presidential election.

Comey, appearing before the House Intelligence Committee along with National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, also confirmed for the first time publicly that the FBI was investigating Russian interference, including communications between Trump associates and Russian officials.

Trump initially said on Twitter that his phones at Trump Tower were "wire tapped" by former President Barack Obama during the campaign.

Although Trump, as recently as Friday, has continued to defend the extraordinary wiretap allegations that Trump Tower was wiretapped in advance of the 2016 elections, Comey's blunt denial comes after House and Senate leaders have refuted that such surveillance existed in bipartisan joint statements, leaving the White House virtually alone in asserting such claims. Trump said Friday he based his tweetstorm on something he heard on Fox News.

"There's certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation". "I didn't make an opinion on it".

"I'll give you a very simple answer, no". "You should be talking to Fox". Fox News, however, attempted to distance itself from Napolitano's commentary, saying it had "no evidence of any kind" of surveillance on Trump.

"The intelligence committees, in their continuing, widening, ongoing investigations of all things Russian Federation, got to the bottom - at least so far with respect to our intelligence community - that no such wiretap existed", Ryan said at a morning news conference.

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"I have seen no evidence supporting that statement and what we need is evidence".

Neither Rogers nor Comey have spoken publicly about the president's allegation. That, in my opinion, is no way to run a business. Above, Schiff on Capitol Hill, March 15, 2017. Susan Collins, R-Maine said Sunday.

"I don't know the basis for President Trump's assertion".

Minutes later, Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the intelligence committee, responded. "And I do believe he owes us that explanation", she said on "Meet the Press". A spokesman for Obama denied that the former president or any White House official called for surveillance. "We live in a very risky world and we can't do this alone".

Yet as part of the overall inquiry, Comey and Rogers both said they knew of no evidence that any actual votes during the 2016 election were changed as a result of Russian interference.

Committee Republicans suggested Monday that questions about Flynn's contacts with Kislyak only emerged as a result of unauthorized leaks of classified information that later appeared in media accounts.

"Someone unmasked General Flynn and they're a low-level analyst, we need to be looking at their computer and find out if they unmasked that conversation and if they spoke with The New York Times you have got to put those people in jail, because you can not allow this to happen, or we will have presidents being blackmailed or national security advisers being blackmailed", Paul said on "This Week".

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