Published: Tue, March 07, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

White House Asks Congress to Probe Trump's Wiretapping Claims Against Obama

White House Asks Congress to Probe Trump's Wiretapping Claims Against Obama

The New York Times and Washington Post are reporting - based on anonymous sources - that FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly refute Trump's tweets because they wrongly imply the FBI broke the law.

Obama's spokesperson Kevin Lewis also denied the allegations in a statement to Us Weekly: "A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice". Beyond that, phone calls in Trump Tower that occurred to foreign agents or were caught in foreign surveillance sweeps could have been captured without the cause being Obama's direct involvement.

"This is a storyline that has been reported by quite a few outlets", Sanders said Monday, citing mainstream outlets that have reported on the claims but have found no evidence to support them.

"President Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016". That's why Republicans can't safely count on the vicissitudes of the news cycle to protect them from the political consequences of this Trump outrage, as they have in the past.

But despite Mr Trump's protests about media bias, several high profile members of the Obama administration have denounced the wiretapping accusations as "false".

Which is true - at least when it comes to top-level sensitive information gathered by US intelligence agencies.

Republican lawmakers generally have given a measured response to Trump's claims, voicing a willingness to investigate the claims as the White House has requested, without affirming them. On Monday, House Oversight chairman Rep.

Meanwhile Chuck Schumer, the Democratic minority leader in the Senate, called on the Department of Justice's inspector general to investigate any possible political interference in its inquiries into contacts between Trump's associates and Russian Federation.

The 60-year-old author has been a critic of Trump before the election. Saturday was expected to be a "down day, pretty quiet", this official said, and there was little, if any, attempt to coordinate the president's message on the wiretapping allegations. It goes one of three ways: Either President Obama did wiretap Trump (unlikely), Trump or his campaign colluded with Russians, or Trump flat out lied.

"We know exactly why president Trump tweeted what he tweeted", Earnest added. This is not a small detail, since any White House knowledge about, to say nothing of direction of, this type of surveillance would be illegal. "It's called a wrap-up smear", she said. "You make up something, then you have the press write about it and then you say everybody's writing about this charge. It's a tool of an authoritarian". Either way, there is no evidence this came at the behest of the White House.

Comey was concerned Trump's allegations would make the Federal Bureau of Investigation look bad, a person familiar with the matter told CNN Monday.

"He is very confident he will be proven right, said the first FISA was rejected, second one approved", Ruddy said in an email message on Sunday.

"I'm just going to let the tweet speak for itself", said Spicer on multiple occasions.

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