Comey: No evidence to support Trump’s wiretap claim

Comey: No evidence to support Trump’s wiretap claim

President Elect Donald Trump gives his first press conference since winning the election, at Trump Tower in New York on Jan. 11. (Luke Vargas/TMN)

WASHINGTON – FBI Director James Comey said he has not seen any evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claim that Trump Tower was placed under surveillance.

“With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those Tweets. And we have looked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Monday in response to a question from Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

Three weeks ago Trump tweeted that former President Barack Obama had ordered Trump Tower to be placed under electronic surveillance during the campaign.

A spokesperson for Obama said the claim was false.

Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Schiff have both stated that they are not aware of any evidence to support Trump’s claim.

The chairman and vice-chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence also have said that they have not seen any evidence to substantiate Trump’s wiretapping allegations.

Despite the denials from Congress, the White House has maintained that Trump stands by his claims and ultimately believes he will be vindicated.

The White House has not yet responded to Comey’s testimony.

Both committees are investigating Russian interference in last year’s presidential election as well as allegations that members of the Trump campaign spoke with high-ranking Russian officials.

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