'No wiretapping on Trump by Obama' says United States intel probe
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 7:54
Taking up an issue that Trump has frequently complained about, Nunes said numerous current and former USA officials had leaked potentially classified information, and that his committee meant to identify them to bring them to justice.
Intelligence officials have said that Russian Federation was behind the theft of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails past year.
He promised to try to "get to the bottom of" whether Russians tried to help the Trump campaign and "whether Trump associates or anyone else was involved". Comey did acknowledge, however, that the Russians appeared to use a third party - a "cutout' - in its communications with WikiLeaks, which published internal communications obtained in the hack of the Democratic National Committee".
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It is the strongest assertion yet from Republican Devin Nunes, whose House Intelligence Committee is holding a public session on Monday to hear evidence on whether Russian Federation tried to help the Trump election campaign.
The president repeatedly insisted last week that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower put under surveillance late last fall.
Last week Arizona senator John McCain, who was blasted during the election campaign by Mr Trump for being captured by the enemy during the Vietnam War, called on Mr Trump to either provide evidence of his claims or retract them.
The wiretapping allegation is part of a broader U.S. investigation by the FBI and lawmakers into the conclusion by the country's intelligence community that Russian Federation meddled in the election in an effort to help Trump defeat his Democratic challenger, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"The stakes are nothing less than the future of liberal democracy, " Schiff said.
He repeated an unsubstantiated claim that Britain's cyber intelligence organisation conducted the surveillance at Mr Obama's behest, a claim the agency, GCHQ, flatly denied. The British government Friday strongly rejected the account and the Trump administration pledged not to use the claim again.
"All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television, " Trump said of the claim that Obama had enlisted the British to eavesdrop on him.
On Monday, however, Rogers offered the House panel an unequivocal rejection, saying USA authorities never sought the help of British intelligence to conduct such surveillance.
Several Republicans last week urged Trump to apologize for the allegations he made in a series of tweets on March 4.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, urged Trump to present his evidence if he has any.
"I want to get on with passing our agenda", Ryan said. No evidence of any collusions.
"There was circumstantial evidence of collusion; there is direct evidence, I think, of deception", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said. FBI Director James Comey and Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, are slated to testify.
The statement by the two senators follows bipartisan questioning of Trump's initial posting.
"For the first time the American people, and all the political parties now, are paying attention to the threat that Russian Federation poses", committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said. As a result, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., pressed Comey to commit to moving forward with a parallel leak investigation, as it pursued the Russian Federation inquiry. One tweet said: "Terrible!"
"There was no FISA warrant I am aware of to tap Trump Tower", Mr Nunes added. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who oversees the Justice Department and was a staunch Trump supporter during the presidential campaign, said last week the president never gave him any reason to believe he was wiretapped in the weeks before the November election.
Since Trump made the disputed claims, he and aides have sought to redefine the terms of his accusations.
Mr Obama and the GCHQ in the United Kingdom have denied any involvement in such activity, despite Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano's comments to the contrary.