March 22, 2017

White House doubles down on wiretaps

20 March 2017, 09:39 | Max Haynes

Paul Ryan: 'No such wiretap existed'

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Mr Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer insisted on Thursday that the President stands by his allegation - made in a March 4 tweet - that President Barack Obama ordered surveillance of his phones at Trump Tower in NY during the campaign in autumn.

In a Twitter post on March 4, Trump said his predecessor, Barack Obama, ordered wiretaps of his NY offices - an extraordinary and explosive accusation that an Obama spokesman flatly denied.

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee has said there is no indication that President Donald Trump was wiretapped during his election campaign.

He took Trump's allegations seriously, Burr told reporters on Wednesday, so he "searched and talked to every federal agency about whether there were any warrants that existed" before reaching a conclusion.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has received assurances from the White House it will not repeat allegations that Britain's GCHQ spy agency helped former US President Barack Obama eavesdrop on Donald Trump, her spokesman says.

Republicans in Congress also said Trump should retract his claims.

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On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he had not given Trump any reason to believe he was wiretapped by President Obama.

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FBI Director James Comey is sure to be asked about the wiretapping allegations when he testifies on Capitol Hill Monday.

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"I don't think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower", Nunes said.

On the Fox & Friends program, Napolitano, a political commentator and former New Jersey judge, said that rather than ordering U.S. agencies to spy on Trump, Obama had obtained transcripts of Trump's conversations from GCHQ so there were "no American fingerprints" on it.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department has asked the committee for more time to provide information relevant to the investigation after it was given Monday, March 13, as a deadline. Karl said. "They said they see no indication". He added that if you are taking President Trump's tweets literally - which he advised people not to do - then "clearly the president was wrong".

"When I say wiretapping, those words were in quotes".

"The intelligence committees, in their continuing, widening, ongoing investigations of all things Russian Federation, got to the bottom - at least so far with respect to our intelligence community - that no such wiretap existed", Ryan said in response to a question from CNN. "So now we're going to expand it to other forms of surveillance.' What's it going to be next?" Spicer aggressively pushed back on journalists' questions about the apparent disconnect and read from a long list of news articles - reporting he said was further verification of the president's claims and "merit looking into".

"We don't know how anybody would have that information unless they have different information than me because we know that Flynn was picked up on incidental collection", Nunes said.

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