House Intel Panel Will Investigate Trump's Evidence-Free Wiretapping Claims

"I assume that to be true", he said.

Trump asked Nunes' committee and the other congressional committees investigating Russia's interference in the election to look into the matter. Nunes later hedged his comments and said that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have been wiretapped and that Trump had raised "valid questions" about how his aides were listened in on. "And I think a lot of the things he says, you guys sometimes take literally", Nunes said, referring to the press.

Republican Representative Devin Nunes told reporters that if Trump's assertion were true, the leaders of Congress and the chairman of its two intelligence committees, known collectively as the "Gang of Eight", should have been briefed.

The announcement came after President Trump alleged on Twitter over the weekend that President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower ahead of the election, a claim for which he provided no evidence.

United States intelligence agencies have publicly accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of masterminding the operation to interfere in last year's election, but there remain huge questions over media reports saying Trump aides and advisors had regular contact with Russian officials during the campaign.

By the same token, Cotton has seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. "It's not a question of new proof or less proof or whatever, the answer is the same, which is that ... there was a concern about what happened in the 2016 election".

WASHINGTON-House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) suggested Tuesday that President Donald Trump's claim that Barack Obama ordered a wiretap on Trump Tower during the presidential campaign should not necessarily be taken literally.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said he planned to ask FBI Director James Comey directly about the matter at the hearing, which is scheduled on the first day of a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch.

He said former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates were also among those invited to appear. So I don't think we should attack the president for tweeting.

On Tuesday, Schiff emphasized that the House Intelligence Committee's investigation can not become bogged down in partisan differences. Both House and Senate intelligence committees are also now investigating Russia's meddling in the recent presidential election.

News reports have indicated that conversations of Trump officials were picked up by intelligence organizations monitoring Russian agents, not campaign officials.

  • Arturo Norris