Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

House Intelligence panel receives documents on wiretapping

House Intelligence panel receives documents on wiretapping

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Susan Collins of ME also said they had seen no evidence to support claims that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower.

The Justice Department missed a Monday deadline to provide evidence to the House committee and. He drew parallels to Watergate and McCarthyism and said Obama was a "Bad (or sick) guy!" for ordering surveillance of his NY residence - allegations the former president quickly denied through a spokesman. "No, but there never was, and the information we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction", Nunes stressed.

Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., originally requested the Justice Department send them copies of any wiretapping warrants, applications, court orders or other proof of Trump's allegations by this past Monday.

Collins, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has said before that Trump should let the committee know about any evidence of his claim.

The committee leadership - and the president - remain concerned with leaks.

Moscow has denied involvement in the hacks, and Trump has denounced the tumult over alleged Russian Federation connections as a "total witch hunt".

She answered yes and said she hopes that he's successful. That happened to [former National Security Adviser] Michael Flynn.

Collins said she supported Trump as president, but she wouldn't side with him if he "misstated what the facts are".

The wiretapping claim was revived Friday, when Trump refused to back down from the claim, citing a Fox News analyst's contention that GCHQ, the British electronic intelligence agency, had helped Obama wiretap Trump.

Republican Rep. Tom Cole told reporters Friday that Trump should say sorry to Obama if he couldn't support his claims. "There is direct evidence, I think, of deception and that's where we begin the investigation".

"As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps", Trump told the German chancellor, referring to a WikiLeaks report in 2015 that the United States had monitored calls involving Merkel and her top aides for years.

Monday's hearing promises to be a very public showdown between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and lawmakers, with the national security world certain to watch whether Comey drops a political bombshell on Washington. "No evidence of collusion".

In a Fox News Channel interview on Thursday, Trump said, "I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks". The House Intelligence Committee announced Wednesday that FBI Director James Comey and Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, will testify in public hearings next week.

"I do think it's important that we look at the broader context here", Arkansas Sen.

CNN reported in February that there was constant contact between Trump campaign aides and Russians known to USA intelligence last summer, citing multiple current and former intelligence, law enforcement and administration officials.

Comey may need to be most limited in his comments on collusion because of the nature of ongoing investigations, Schiff said.

Trump has since said that he was referring more generally to "surveillance", not necessarily bugging of phones, and his aides have echoed that changing rationale.

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