The leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday flatly refuted President Trump's claims that his NY offices were wiretapped by the Obama administration in advance of the November election.
Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a joint statement Thursday that they "see no indications" that Trump Tower was under government surveillance.
Obama flatly rejected it, but the White House refusal to back down has kept the issue alive. A Senate aide, who requested anonymity to discuss the senators' private briefings, said Burr and Warner would not have made the statement without being fully briefed on the matter. And if you are, then clearly the president was wrong.
Nunes says he doesn't believe there was "an actual tap of Trump Tower" in NY.
Former Obama White House chief of staff Denis McDonough says he has "no idea" what President Donald Trump is talking about when he claims to have evidence that his predecessor wiretapped him.
The White House and its allies in recent days have attempted to change the interpretation of Trump's explosive tweets from earlier this month.
Trump was asked twice about his wiretap claim during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
'I said, "Wait a minute, there's a lot of wiretapping being talked about",' Trump recalled. Obama said through a spokesman that it was "simply false".
James Clapper, the longtime director of national intelligence under Obama, has said Trump's home and office were not wiretapped before the presidential election previous year.
The New York Times article Trump references says the FBI has used intercepted communications in its investigation of several Trump associates and their ties to Russian Federation.
Even in the face of flat denials by top officials in the Obama administration, who were in a position to know, Mr. Trump has stuck to his incendiary claim that the former president personally ordered a tap on his phones. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"
"Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election?" he said in another tweet. Turned down by court earlier.
"How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!", Trump wrote.
Meanwhile, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, released documents last Thursday that show Mr. Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was paid more than $67,000 from Russian Federation companies before the presidential election. But it's right now before the committee. Jones had been asked if he was anxious about Trump using the website as a weapon against lawmakers who do not support his health care bill, but responded: "Here he is saying Obama's wiretapped Trump Tower - it's the craziest thing I've ever heard!"