President Donald Trump’s allegations that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama during the 2016 presidential campaign has, so far, proven false. Since Trump tweeted this as a fact on March 4, the FBI and top Congressional officials have been scrambling to uncover evidence.
Whether real or imagined, Trump’s accusation has alarmed intelligence leaders on both sides. However, the bipartisan consensus is that “there is no basis for that claim whatsoever.”
“We don’t have any evidence that that took place," Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said at a press conference with Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-Burbank) , the top Democrat on the panel.
Schiff, however, said the committee still wants the Justice Department to respond to their requests for information. “We have given them until March 20. We will be asking the director if he sees any evidence that has confirmed the president’s claim.” He added that the committee is willing to use compulsory process, but doesn’t think that will be necessary.
“President Obama wouldn’t physically go over and wire tap Trump, so you have to decide, are you going to take those tweets literally. Looking at him and his associates…You have to ask if something was done either appropriately or inappropriately. We want to find that out,” Nunes said.
Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham said FBI director James Comey should share what he knows with the public. He has threatened to subpoena Comey for information about whether the agency received a federal warrant to conduct surveillance on Trump, his campaign or Trump Towers
James Comey will testify before the committee at a public hearing Monday and will be questioned about Trump's claim.
Democrats say there is nothing to share. “I don’t think there is anything behind it the except for something he (Trump) saw on TV,” one lawmaker said. Actually, the unfounded claim was first made by right-wing radio host Mark Levin shortly before Trump sent his tweet.
The Intelligence panel is conducting an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, including whether the FBI and intelligence agencies collected information into contacts between Trump associates and Russian government officials.
Lawmakers on Senate Intelligence Committees say they’re happy with the amount of information they’re getting.
Trump refused to back down on his claims, saying “a wire tap covers a lot of different things.”
Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump was “extremely confident of his claim.”