Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

President Trump Is Now Completely Isolated In His Unfounded Wiretap Claim

President Trump Is Now Completely Isolated In His Unfounded Wiretap Claim

After the heads of both the Senate and House Intelligence Committees said they found no evidence former President Obama secretly wiretapped Trump Tower during last year's election, the White House press secretary was asked on Thursday to respond to President Trump's baseless claim.

On Thursday morning, however, the chair and ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a statement saying they had seen no evidence indicating "Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016".

On Thursday, the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said they did not have evidence to support Trump's claim that Obama wiretapped him ahead of the 2016 USA election.

Trump, a Republican, made the accusation in a series of early morning posts on Twitter on March 4, six weeks after he took over the presidency from Democrat Barack Obama and amid rising scrutiny of his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

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. "It's bad for the White House".

He also insisted that media outlets had not reported when, one day earlier, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said it is possible Trump staffers might have been surveilled via "incidental" collection of information. Trump wrote about his predecessor, offering no evidence.

Trump, in a Fox News interview on Wednesday, did not back down from the accusation but misattributed it to a New York Times report in January about intercepted communications and financial records concerning Trump associates and Russian officials. That really covers, because wiretapping is pretty old fashioned stuff.

Instead, Trump, standing alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose cellphone had been tapped by the Obama administration, said at a news conference: "As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps".

"We're not here to listen to speeches", Nunes said.

"He stands by it", Spicer told reporters, suggesting that investigations in the House and Senate intelligence committees may not have yielded all relevant information, yet.

James Clapper, the longtime director of national intelligence under Obama, has said Trump's home and office were not wiretapped before the presidential election past year. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"

He added: "Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election?" Turned down by court earlier.

Nunes, who was on Trump's transition team, said he expects Comey to answer questions about what he knows about the agencies' involvement but was scant on details on what he may seek to find out in the public hearing.

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