House Intelligence panel receives documents on wiretapping
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 15:47
Trump, without evidence, on March 4 accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower before the November election.
"The one crime we know that's been committed is that one: the leaking of someone's name.", Mr Nunes told Fox News.
The allegations of wiretapping are part of a broader House Intelligence Committee investigation over accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "There's no evidence of any wiretap, of Trump Tower".
A congressional panel so far has found "no evidence" that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election, its chairman said Sunday, ahead of testimony by the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the U.S. president's potential Russian Federation ties.
Around the same time, The New York Times reported that U.S. intelligence agents had intercepted calls showing that members of Trump's campaign had repeated contacts with top Russian intelligence officials in the year preceding the November 8 election.
At least four House and Senate committees are investigating Trump's charges, along with revelations about previously undisclosed Russian contacts with some of the president's top advisers.
FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers are set to testify Monday on Capitol Hill. Grassley had threatened to hold up Trump's nominee for deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, until Comey briefed them.
"What the president said was just patently false, and the wrecking ball it created now has banged into our British allies and our Germany allies", Schiff said Sunday.
But Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said that he had yet to see any evidence of wiretapping.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) said on Sunday that he is not aware of any foreign intelligence surveillance court (FISA) warrant for surveillance of Trump Tower.
Trump, who spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, had alleged in a series of tweets that Obama had wiretapped Trump's Manhattan offices during last year's campaign.
"The President doesn't go and physically wiretap something".
Trump raised the issue at a news conference Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, quipping that they have something in common because her calls had been monitored by the United States. Obama, through a spokesman, denied that he or any White House official ordered surveillance.
"And that's where we begin the investigation", he said.
Both Russia's clandestine interference in USA politics and Trump's disturbing habit of making explosive political charges without supporting evidence have dramatically overshadowed the first two months of his presidency.
Four Republican governors penned a letter expressing concern about the American Health Care Act, saying it didn't provide enough flexibility or resources on Medicaid and meet the promises from Trump.
"I think it would be quite good for the administration to put forward what evidence there is", Cruz told CBS television.
The wiretapping issue mushroomed last month, when Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign after it was revealed he had misled top officials over his contacts with Russian Federation. "Now I don't want to prejudge where we ultimately end up".