WASHINGTON, March 17, 2017 — House Intelligence Committee chair Richard Burr and ranking Democrat Mark Warner have released a statement saying, “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.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan is among key Republicans to acknowledge that there is no evidence to back claims made by President Trump on Twitter. Ryan said he believes this does not affect the president’s credibility and that Trump will be judged on his record.
"You can't level an accusation of that type without … retracting it or explaining just why it was done," Schiff says on Pres. Trump claims pic.twitter.com/8QfLC8FZJw
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“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,” Ryan told reporters.
The statement by the House Intel Committee is the strongest refutation of Trump’s allegations since he made them two weeks ago. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer fired back, citing news reports of intelligence collection on possible contacts between Trump associates and Russia in the presidential campaign.
Senator Lindsey Graham is considering asking Congress to issue subpoenas to collect information on whether the FBI got a warrant to conduct a wiretap on Trump Tower phone lines. A number of high-level officials have pushed back against those claims despite the White House’s insistence that evidence of such wiretapping exists.
FBI Director James Comey is likely to face questions about whether the agency obtained a warrant to wiretap Trump Tower at a House committee hearing on March 20. Nunes and Schiff confirmed NSA Director Mike Rogers will appear along with Comey at the hearing. While the allegations continue to swirl, President Obama’s office continues to deny the charge.