US Senator Graham threatens subpoena on Trump wiretapping claim
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 19:55
"Don't forget: when I say wiretap, those words were in quotes. because wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff".
"We have a close special relationship with the White House and that allows us to raise concerns as and when they arise as was true in this case".
Asked to clarify her comments on wiretapping, Conway, one of President Trump's top aides, said she was talking about general news articles on surveillance techniques saying: "I'm not Inspector Gadget. I just don't want anybody jumping to any conclusion on any side of this, other than the fact that we know that Obama didn't physically wiretap Trump Tower", Nunes told CNN Friday.
A statement from the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee today has backed that judgement.
Trump tweeted earlier this month that Obama "was tapping my phones in October" and compared the incident to "Nixon/Watergate" and "McCarthyism". At his briefing, Spicer read a statement from Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano, who had cited sources claiming Obama "used GCHQ" to provide transcripts of Trump's conversations. The senators statement also addresses Trump's more recent statement that he was not merely speaking about wiretapping specifically.The White House on Thursday said the statement did not shake their confidence in the accusation.
He said: "I think Fox has been fair to me, but if you look at CNN and if you look at these other networks, NBC - I made a fortune for NBC with The Apprentice".
The wiretapping allegations have hung over the White House for two weeks, since Trump first alleged in a series of tweets that Obama had wiretapped his telephones at Trump Tower in NY.
Comey will address his agency's investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation. He accused reporters of "mischaracterizing" what Nunes said, suggesting there may be information out there showing that Trump was right.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz who heads a House oversight panel, says he has seen no direct evidence "thus far" to back U.S. President Donald Trump's assertion that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had him wiretapped. He said Friday that Washington has assured Britain they will not be repeated. But perhaps you too have noticed a decline of trivial Trump tweets, starting spats and news cycles many mornings. House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) similarly told reporters Wednesday, "We don't have any evidence that that took place". It's awesome what you can get done when you listen to what the other side wants, he would always remind me.
At least four congressional committees added the startling accusation in their investigations of possible Russian meddling in the election campaign and Russian ties to Trump and his associates.
But in the interview, Mr Trump said: "I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks".
A spokesman for the former President dismissed the allegation as "simply false", while legislators from both parties called on Trump to produce evidence of the surveillance or retract the charge.