Nunes: No evidence that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower

Nunes: No evidence that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower

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President Elect Donald Trump at his first press conference since winning the 2016 election. Trump Tower, New York. January 11, 2017. Photo: Luke Vargas/TMN

WASHINGTON- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Wednesday he has not seen any evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claim that Trump Tower was wired tapped during the campaign.

“We don’t have any evidence that that took place,” Nunes said at a press conference on Wednesday alongside Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the committee’s ranking Democrat. “I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.”

Schiff, who was one of the first members of Congress to express skepticism over the president’s claim, concurred with Nunes.

“I see no evidence that supports the claim that President Trump made that his predecessor had wiretapped he and his associates at Trump Tower,” Schiff said. “Thus far, we have seen no basis for that whatsoever.”

In a series of early morning Tweets two weeks ago, Trump claimed that he had learned that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.

Kevin Lewis, a spokesperson for Obama, refuted Trump’s allegation shortly after it was made.

“Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen,” Lewis said.

The White House has repeatedly chosen not to say what source Trump based his initial claim on, but called on the House Intelligence Committee to investigate.

In turn, the Committee asked the Department of Justice to provide them evidence for Trump’s claim by Monday, a request that the department sought and was granted a one week extension for.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Tuesday that Trump was “very confident” that the Justice Department will ultimately provide information that will support his claims.

The wiretap claims came as the House Intelligence Committee was investigating whether members of Trump’s inner circle had met with Russian officials during the campaign, a possibility that the chair says there is also no evidence for.

In addition, Nunes and Schiff on Wednesday wrote FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers requesting that the three agencies provide the Intelligence Committee by Friday with information related to the recent intelligence leaks.

The House Select Committee on Intelligence will hold an open hearing on Russian election interference on Monday March 20.

 

 

 

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