Congress: ‘No Proof Obama Wiretapped Trump Tower’
Rep. Richard Burr and Democrat Mark Warner have announced that their is no proof that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. The House Intel Committee released a statement saying: “based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan is also among key Republicans to acknowledge that there is no evidence that backs the claims made by President Trump on Twitter. Speaker Ryan says these unproved allegations will not affect the president’s credibility and will instead be judged by his record. The president’s credibility will not be affected based
“The point is, the intelligence committees in their continuing, widening, ongoing investigation of all things Russia, got to the bottom – at least so far – with respect to our intelligence community that – that no such wiretap existed,” the House speaker told reporters.
The statement by the House Intel Committee is the strongest refute of Trump’s allegations since Trump made the claims two weeks ago. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer fired back, citing news reports of intelligence collection on possible contacts between Trump associates and Russia in the presidential campaign.
Senator Lindsey Graham is strongly considering requesting Congress issue subpoenas to collect information on whether the FBI got a warrant to conduct a wiretap on Trump Tower phone lines. A number of high-level officials have pushed back against those claims despite the White House’s insistence that evidence of such wiretapping exists.
FBI Director James Comey is likely to face questions about whether the agency obtained a warrant to wiretap Trump Tower at a House committee hearing on March 20. Nunes and Schiff confirmed NSA Director Mike Rogers will appear along with Comey at the hearing. While the allegations continue to swirl, President Obama’s office continues to deny the charge.
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