Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Ryan, Senate Intel committee see no evidence of Trump wiretap

Ryan, Senate Intel committee see no evidence of Trump wiretap

Mr. Nunes, who was on Trump's transition team, said that if you take his tweets literally, then "clearly the president was wrong".

According to a Western diplomat, Britain's ambassador to Washington, Kim Darroch, had told the White House Tuesday that Napolitano's assertions were not true. House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanSenate Intel leaders were "fully briefed" on wiretapping allegations: report White House: Trump "stands by" wiretapping claim Ryan huddles with GOP factions on healthcare bill MORE said at a news conference earlier on Thursday that "no such wiretap existed". The Senate Intelligence Committee announced Friday it would hold a hearing on Russia's meddling into the U.S. election on March 30.

Graham says he has seen no evidence to support Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him past year. Spicer meanwhile, insisted the Intelligence Committee's statement issued today is a progress report, not the final word, because "they have yet to go through the information".

FBI Director Comey would also be privy to any FISA request, which is why he asked the Justice Department to reject Mr. Trump's wiretap claim.

Obama said through a spokesman it was "simply false".

"All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television", Trump said.

"You know, General Jones was President Obama's first national security adviser".

The bipartisan statements run counter to the unsubstantiated allegations by Trump, who tweeted about the alleged wiretapping nearly two weeks ago.

While the FBI has kept silent on Trump's claim, its director, Jim Comey, is slated to testify on the Russian Federation investigation Monday before Nunes and Schiff's committee, where he is nearly certain to face questions about placing Trump and his associates under surveillance.

"I don't think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower", Nunes said.

Comey is slated to testify Monday before the House intelligence committee. They disagree on a variety of policies, including immigration, trade, defense spending and the role of the European Union, but on Friday the two were cordial. But perhaps you too have noticed a decline in the number of trivial Trump tweets starting spats and news cycles many mornings.

The statement by Burr and Warner, Spicer said, did not undermine the White House's confidence that the president's explosive allegation would be vindicated, because "the investigation by the House and Senate has not been provided all the information".

Four congressional panels were already investigating alleged Russian interference in last year's presidential contest when Trump took to Twitter on March 4 to accuse the previous administration of spying on him.

Trump also qualified the claim in his "wire-tapping" tweet, claiming that what he had meant to say was to allege more generally that the Obama administration had engaged in "surveillance and many other things".

He claimed he had subsequently gathered "a lot" of evidence and "some very interesting items are coming to the forefront over the next two weeks".

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