Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), said Wednesday that there's no evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim that former President Barack Obama wire tapped Trump Tower. Furthermore, Nunes said if people would take Trump's tweets literally, "clearly the President is wrong".
"President Obama wouldn't physically go over and wiretap Trump Tower", Nunes said. Last week, Graham - who is clearly skeptical of the wiretapping claim and chairs a subcommittee looking into it - asked the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to provide copies of any warrants or court orders related to the alleged wiretapping.
The Justice Department missed a Monday deadline for providing the information to the House and was given a one-week extension. Separately, former director of national intelligence James Clapper has publicly denied that such surveillance of Trump Tower existed.
Trump recently passed the 50-day mark since his inauguration, and to say that he's off to a rocky start with the news media is an understatement.
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Ahead of the hearing, the committee sent a letter to the FBI, CIA and the National Security Agency requesting details by Friday about Americans who surfaced in intelligence collections previous year.
It is unclear why Trump believes he might have been tapped, but his statement came soon after a conservative radio host detailed allegations about the Obama administration surveilling Trump, which were then published by Breitbart News. Intelligence officials have said they are willing to subpoena the Justice Department for possible evidence.
Nunes has been a vocal defender of Trump's since the president took office. The justice Department sent out their response later on Monday. Lindsey Graham (R-.S.C.) on Wednesday whether the FBI was investigating ties between Russian Federation and Trump. Both men are also actively leading Congressional investigations into Russia's alleged 2016 election meddling. Sean Spicer's waggling quote fingers provide a clue.
It'll certainly be inneresting to see how Trump responds to this press conference... Richard Burr the Senate panel chairman stated that they have had talks with all the right people and the committee has enough responses to concerning the wiretapping claims. Wiretapping a USA citizen would require special permission from a court, and Trump as president would have the ability to declassify that information. The claim, presented without evidence, was met with immediate skepticism from lawmakers questioning what the Republican meant.