Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey shoots down Trump's wiretap claims

Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey shoots down Trump's wiretap claims

"I don't get it, and I don't think America gets it", Panetta said on NBC's "TODAY" of the Trump administration's dogged support for that wiretapping claim, despite multiple congressional committees finding no evidence for it after following through on the White House's request for an investigation.

Writing in the Guardian, Sir Peter Westmacott accused the White House of "peddling falsehoods" after Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, repeated claims that the UK's intelligence agency, GCHQ, had assisted then-president Barack Obama in tapping Trump's NY phones.

"I don't see that happening now, he said".

The allegation is expected to come up Monday when FBI Director James Comey testifies in front of the House Intelligence Committee on alleged Russian interference in the presidential election. Comey is testifying at the hearing, along with National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers.

A separate tweet referenced James Clapper, the director of national intelligence under President Barack Obama, who has said that Trump's allegation that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower is false.

Panetta said Trump has to have "the trust of the American people to accomplish anything". The House Intelligence Committee will hear from FBI Director James Comey on whether US officials believe Russian Federation tried to bolster Trump's chances in the election and if there were any connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign aides.

Mr Trump tweeted: "The real story that Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information".

Officials investigating the matter have said they believe Moscow had hacked into Democrats' computers in a bid to help Mr Trump's election bid.

A former aide to President Barack Obama said Monday it's insane that President Donald Trump would suggest his New York City residence was "wires tapped" by his predecessor.

Comey says no individual can order surveillance of an American. They've done that and determined that there's no evidence. Also of interest to the committee are any connections between Russian Federation and associates of President Donald Trump.

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