United States lawmakers want evidence for wiretap claim
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 13, 2017,
Mar 13, 2017, 3:05
"There's a lot of aspects with this whole relationship with Russian Federation and Vladimir Putin that requires further scrutiny, and so far I don't think the American people have gotten all the answers", McCain told host Jake Tapper.
Last weekend, the president claimed that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the election. Trump first made the claim against former President Obama on Twitter without providing any proof.
The House and Senate Intelligence committees have said they are investigating alleged Russian involvement in the election, and the White House has asked Congress to include Trump's unsubstantiated wiretapping claims in its investigations.
According to the Associated Press, the committee asked the White House to turn over its evidence by Monday.
The White House also asked a congressional committee that is examining Russian interference in last year's U.S. presidential election to investigate the wiretapping claim as well.
Declaring that Congress "must get to the bottom" of Trump's claim, senators Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse asked Comey and the acting deputy attorney general, Dana Boente, to produce the paper trail created when the justice department's criminal division secures warrants for wiretaps.
The Post found that the reports revolve around a claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a FISA warrant for people related to the Trump campaign but are anonymously sourced and mostly deriving from British media sources.
Eight days after President Donald Trump accused Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones, reportedly leading FBI Director James Comey to implore the State Department to reject that claim, the administration has gone mostly silent on the issue.
The letter - which was also sent to Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey - basically asks Trump about the wiretapping allegation and says, listen, we **need** proof tomorrow or else this matter is a bunch of crap.
He noted that the allegations, if left "out there" and unproven, could undermine the public trust in "the way the entire government functions", and said that he "had no reason to believe that the charge is true". "We know the Russians meddled with our election".
"I think he and others need to be questioned", McCain said, adding that Stone also had ties with ousted former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych, a Kremlin ally. "And I think on March 20th, if not before, we'll be able to put this to rest", he said. "In fact, I think there's a lot more shoes to drop from this centipede".
Mr Nunes said so far he had not seen any evidence to back up Mr Trump's claim and suggested the news media were taking the President's tweets too literally. "The only question is why the president would make up such a thing".