Trump's claim of FISA use against him puts focus on spying scope

House Intelligence Comittee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) showed fealty to President Trump on Tuesday, deriding the widespread assessment by the intelligence community that Russian Federation intentionally tried to help Trump win the 2016 election while promising to investigate whether Trump campaign officials were investigated by government agencies.

The chairman of the House committee charged with investigating whether President Trump was wiretapped by President Obama announced Tuesday he hasn't seen evidence to support the charge.

Kerry Picket writes the panel invited government agency leaders such as FBI's James Comey and National Security Agency's Mike Rogers as well as Dmitri Alperovitch and Shawn Henry, respectively chief technology officer and chief security officer of Crowdstrike.

Nunes said he had not spoke to Trump about the tweets or been in touch with the White House.

"The president is a neophyte to politics - he's been doing this a little over a year", Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told reporters Tuesday.

The White House has offered no evidence to back up Mr. Trump's claim, but the allegation has sent ripples through Capitol Hill, where lawmakers will have to decide by the end of the year whether to renew key parts of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Senator John McCain called for Trump to release any evidence supporting his claim the Obama administration wiretapped him while probing Russia's influence in the 2016 election.

Trump asked Nunes' committee and the other congressional committees investigating Russia's interference in the election to look into the matter.

"As you know, that's a little rare for the intelligence committees to do, but because of the seriousness of the accusations involved on all sides of this issue, I want to make sure that we hold as many of these hearings out in public so that the American people and all of you can attend and report on". He added, "We don't have anything today that would send us in that direction".

"I think the effect of these concerns is there's going to be more focus on reform efforts", said Mr. Klein. Nunes previously said his panel would examine the evidence.

Congressman Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House's committee, said he accepts the responsibility of looking into Trump's claims.

On Tuesday, Schiff emphasized that the House Intelligence Committee's investigation can not become bogged down in partisan differences.

"I have not seen that evidence", Nunes said. So I don't think we should attack the president for tweeting. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffTop Intel dem to press Comey on Trump wiretap allegations House Intel panel sets date for first Russian Federation hearing Juan Williams: Time for a special prosecutor MORE (D-Calif.) told reporters Tuesday evening.

The House intelligence chair concurred with Burr that there now is no evidence suggesting that Trump's claim is correct.

"I can deny it", he said.

  • Larry Hoffman