Intel Chairman: No Evidence Trump Tower Wiretapped

Intel Chairman: No Evidence Trump Tower Wiretapped

The House Intelligence Committee's request for evidence by Monday was made in a letter sent to the Justice Department by the panel's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and its ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., according to a congressional official.

"President Trump has to provide the American people, not just the Intelligence Committee, but the American people with evidence that his predecessor, former president of hte United States, was guilty of breaking the law", McCain said in a Sunday CNN interview.

Her remarks came after a congressional aide's statement over the weekend saying the House intelligence committee had asked the Trump administration to provide by Monday evidence that Donald Trump's phones at Trump Tower in NY were tapped. Trump provided no evidence for his claim.

Last week FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly refute Trump's assertion that the then-candidate was wiretapped by President Barack Obama, prior to the election. Appearing on Good Morning America Monday, Trump's senior counselor Kellyanne Conway addressed the allegations. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"

The DOJ, which had until yesterday to produce proof to the House Intelligence Committee, now faces a deadline of March 20, the same day of its first hearings into Russian meddling in the presidential campaign.

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The former Celebrity Apprentice host, 70, has not commented on the matter since his March 4 tweets. On Monday, the White House started softening his claims, with spokesman Sean Spicer saying the president was referring more broadly to general surveillance that may have been approved by the Obama administration.

After Trump's tweets touched off a firestorm, the White House has sought to move beyond the controversy for now by putting the investigation in Congress' hands, focusing instead on the push to advance Republicans' ObamaCare repeal bill and other initiatives.

Trump administration officials have struggled to explain the claims. In the interview with the Bergen Record, Conway was asked about Trump's unsubstantiated claim Obama spied on him.

"We know this is a fact of modern life", she said.

But the two said they are hoping to make progress on the issues of Russia's interference in last year's election, including how many people linked to the Trump campaign may have been wiretapped in the course of that or other probes.

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