Top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway says no evidence of wiretap operation
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 17, 2017,
Mar 17, 2017, 13:50
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Intelligence Committee say they have seen no evidence supporting President Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him previous year.
"If you take things literally, then obviously the president is wrong", Nunes said about Trump's tweets two weeks ago that said during the presidential campaign past year that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.
Nunes has said that so far he has not seen any evidence to back up Trump's claim and has suggested the news media were taking the president's weekend tweets too literally.
"The president used the word wiretap in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities", Spicer said. I think there is pretty sound evidence that the microwave is not a sound way of surveiling someone, and I think that has been cleaned up.
The president has an obligation to provide evidence that Obama broke the law or retract his claim, the Arizona Republican said.
Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., on Thursday released a joint statement with the ranking Democrat, Virginia Sen.
"I will let the committees do their jobs, but there is significant reporting about surveillance techniques during the 2016 election", he said.
Early this past week, Schiff said the committee would answer the president's call to investigate the claim.
After Trump refused to provide proof for his assertion and the White House put the onus on Congress to investigate, lawmakers have put pressure on the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation to say whether their officials wiretapped or conducted surveillance on Trump and his campaign.
"This is not something that should be done off-the-cuff by the President of the United States just looking for a cheap shot at his predecessor", he said. "I think that that's an appropriate question to ask them". The White House has argued that Trump's use of quotation marks around the phrase wires tapped implied he meant all manners of surveillance against him, but hasn't offered any official proof of the claim, beyond reports in the press.
Mr Nunes said the request was made because of concerns over the legality of the U.S. intelligence community's interception and use of communications involving General Michael Flynn, who was Mr Trump's initial national security adviser.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has also said there has been no evidence of an actual tap of Trump Tower. Those unfolding inquiries have expanded their focus to include Trump's evidence-free accusation, made on Twitter on 4 March, that Obama ordered surveillance of his eventual successor.
It is beginning to look as though President Trump owes former President Barack Obama an apology. Trump said in a Fox News interview Wednesday that "you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks" related to the accusation, without saying specifically what those are. Recently, Trump alleged 3 million people voted illegally, prompting secretaries of state to denounce the claim as wildly inaccurate.