Wednesday, 15 March 2017

No evidence Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped

President Trump claimed March 4 on Twitter that Obama had 'tapped' his phones, but the White House later said he was referring generally to surveillance of a kind it hasn't identified

The leading Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that they have seen no evidence to support President Donald Trump's March 4 claim that the Obama administration had tapped his phones at Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.

'To date I've seen no evidence that supports the claim that President Trump made,' said Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democrats' ranking committee member.
'Thus far we have seen no basis for that whatsoever,' he told reporters alongside fellow Californian Devin Nunes, the committee's Republican chairman. 
Nunes added: 'We don't have any evidence that that took place.'

Former President Barack Obama is said to have 'rolled his eyes' when he first heard news of Trump's allegations.  
Schiff said Wednesday that he and Nunes have given the Justice Department until next Monday to answer written questions about whether it had applied for warrants to surveil Trump and his associates.

'We're both willing to use compulsory process if that's necessary,' he said, referring to the subpoena power granted to Congress, 'though neither of us, I think, believe that will be necessary.'
Previous attorneys general have ignored congressional subpoenas, including Obama's DOJ chief Eric Holder – who was later held in criminal contempt of Congress for it. 

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