Last week, Donald Trump accused Barack Obama of wiretapping the phones at Trump Tower during the presidential election last year, and he called on the House Intelligence Committee to investigate. Now, this committee has concluded their probe, and both Republican and Democrat leaders just revealed what they found.
Daily Mail reported that they said they found no evidence to support Trump’s wiretapping claim.
“To date I’ve seen no evidence that supports the claim that President Trump made,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democrats’ ranking committee member. “Thus far we have seen no basis for that whatsoever.”
“We don’t have any evidence that that took place,” added Rep. Devin Nunes, the committee’s Republican chairman.
Schiff explained that the committee had given the Department of Justice until Monday to hand over their evidence.
“We’re both willing to use compulsory process if that’s necessary,” he said, referring to the subpoena power granted to Congress, “though neither of us, I think, believe that will be necessary.”
They said that FBI Chief James Comey will still be questioned by the Intelligence Committee at a hearing on Monday.
“It deeply concerns me that the president would make such an accusation without basis,” Schiff said.
Nunes took a different approach, hinting that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was reluctant to let Congress have access to its high-tech materials that could establish Trump was right. He told reporters that it wasn’t clear “whether or not they are going to let us have the proper computer technology that we need to go through the evidence that exists out at the CIA, out at Langley, and we are trying to work through that.”
“I can tell you it has become a little bit of a stumbling block for our investigators to actually be able to compile and cull through the information,” he said.
Nunes added that people should not take Trump’s tweets so literally.
“President Obama wouldn’t physically go over and wiretap Trump Tower, so now you have to decide … are you going to take the tweets literally, and if you are, then clearly the president was wrong,” he told reporters. “If you’re not going to take the tweets literally and there’s a concern that the president has about other people, other surveillance activities looking at him or his associates either appropriately or inappropriately, we want to find that out. I think it’s all in the interpretation of what you believe.”
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