Friday, March 17, 2017

Senate And House Intelligence Committees Say There Is No Evidence To Support Donald Trump's Wiretapping Claim... Trump Doubles Down

On March 4, six weeks after he took the oath of office, Donald Trump accused his predecessor, President Obama, of wiretapping his phones during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Today Trump's accusations were shown to be the lies they are as both Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. Senate and House Intelligence Committees issued bipartisan statements rejecting his claims.

This afternoon Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, said in a statement....

"Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016,

An official familiar with the investigations by Congress and intelligence and law enforcement agencies said investigators had looked as aggressively and thoroughly as they could for evidence of any spying of any kind on Trump or his associates but had found none.

These statements follow yesterdays similar admissions by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican, and top Democrat Adam Schiff who told reporters they had seen no evidence that Trump Tower was tapped and said they would ask Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey about the issue during a public hearing on Monday.

In addition to the Senate and House Intelligence Committee's rebukes the top Republican in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, added his voice to the chorus saying there was no sign of a wiretap...

"The point is, the intelligence committees in their continuing, widening, ongoing investigation of all things Russia, got to the bottom - at least so far - with respect to our intelligence community that - that no such wiretap existed,"

Despite the admonishment from both parties Donald Trump appeared to double down on his claims Trump then told host Fox News that his administration “will be submitting things” to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence “very soon.” Trump added that he “will be, perhaps speaking about this next week” and predicted that...

you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next 2 weeks.

And so it continues.

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