Senate Intelligence Committee: No evidence Obama spied on Trump Tower

Geronimo Vena
Marzo 28, 2017

President Donald Trump's explosive allegation that Barack Obama wiretapped his NY skyscraper during the presidential campaign has left him increasingly isolated, with allies on Capitol Hill and within his own administration offering no evidence to back him up.

"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", Sens.

But White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Thursday the USA president maintained the allegation, adding: "He stands by it".

This statement is a crucial one because the committee is highly respected and its chairmen are considered heavyweights in intelligence matters - and are on the "Gang of 8" who can see extremely sensitive intelligence.

The lawmakers appear to be referring to former White House national security adviser Mike Flynn and potentially other associates of President Donald Trump.

The Senate Intelligence Committee said in its Thursday statement that it did not find evidence of "surveillance", using the broader term instead of the more specific "wiretapping".

Trump said there would be "some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks".

Nunes, the committee chairman, says he doesn't believe there was "an actual tap of Trump Tower" in NY.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that "no such wiretap existed", citing the work done by the congressional intelligence committees.

Even after the Senate committee's statement, Spicer insisted Thursday afternoon that the president "stands by" the claim that Obama ordered surveillance of Trump Tower. Republican Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, said he had seen no information to support the claim and suggested the U.S. president's assertion, made in a series of March 4 tweets, should not be taken at face value. He suggested the USA president's assertion, made in a series of March 4 tweets, should not be taken at face value.

"As I told you last week about the issue with the president talking about tapping Trump Tower, that evidence still remains the same, that we don't have any evidence that that took place", Nunes told reporters.

Devin Nunes and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff say they're still waiting for evidence from the Justice Department backing up that claim. None allege that Obama, as president, ordered surveillance against Trump ― a move that would have violated longstanding protocols insulating the Justice Department from White House meddling.

Burr and Warner are leading one of three congressional investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, including whether Trump associates were in contact with the Kremlin.

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