House And Senate Intelligence Committees in Washington Don’t Believe Trump’s Wiretapping Allegations

On Thursday the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a statement that denies Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by the U.S. government under former U.S. President Obama which mirrors the sentiment reported the previous day from the House Intelligence Committee negating President Trump’s claim that Obama wiretapped him at Trump Tower during the 2016 election season.

On March 5th White House Press Secretary released a statement indicating President Trump was requesting the  Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Intelligence Committee to investigate Trump’s wiretapping claims of Trump Tower by the Obama administration.

In a released statement on Thursday, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chair Richard Burn (R-N.C.) and Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-Virginia) stated that they don’t believe that Trump Tower was under surveillance by the U.S. government.

“Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the U.S. government either before or after Election Day 2016.”

On Wednesday House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes and Rep. Adam Schiff (D- CA) met with reporters in Washington and denied that there was any tapping of Trump Tower authorized by the Obama administration during the 2016 presidential election.

Both of them had been briefed by F..B.I Director James Comey.

“We don’t have any evidence that it took place” said House Intelligence Committee Chair Nunes.

“I want to join in saying that to date I see no evidence that supports the claim that President Trump made that his predecessor had wiretapped he and his associates at Trump Tower” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D- CA).

“Thus far we have seen no basis for that whatsoever” Rep. Adam Schiff added.

Rep. Schiff explained that at the open hearing on March 20th they will be asking the Director if he has seen any evidence that substantiates the President’s claim.

“It deeply concerns me that the President would make such an accusation without basis. We think its in the public interest that this be addressed very openly by the Director and we certainly expect that he will.” Rep. Schiff said.

On Thursday House Speaker Paul Ryan (R- Wisconsin) admitted that “no wiretap existed” when he addressed the topic in Washington D.C.

During a White House briefing on Thursday, White House Press Secretary said that President Trump stands by his initial allegation that President Obama had ordered wiretapping or surveillance of Trump Tower but emphasized that President Trump had “wiretapping” in quotes and was referring to “broad surveillance.”

In fact, President Trump had “wiretapping” in quotes in just 2 of this 4 March 4th quotes on Twitter.

Here are 2 of Trump’s tweets from March 4th that shows his wiretapping references weren’t all in quotes.

President Trump appears to be making efforts to water down his March 4th wiretapping accusations.

Trump said during a Wednesday interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News that “wiretapping covers a lot of different things” and were used with quotes.

“When I say wiretap those words are in quotes” Trump said on Fox News.

Later in the interview, Trump said more items will be presented in the next 2 weeks.

“I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next 2 weeks” Trump said.

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