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Mar192017

GOP, Democratics Agree: No Evidence of Trump Wiretapping Charge

The Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that there was no proof in new documents provided to Congress by the Justice Department on Friday to support President Trump’s claim that his predecessor had ordered wiretaps of Trump Tower.

“Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No, but there never was, and the information we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

He added, “There was no FISA warrant that I’m aware of to tap Trump Tower” — a reference to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a federal law that governs the issuance of search warrants in U.S. intelligence gathering.

Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the panel’s top Democrat, said, “We are at the bottom of this: There is nothing at the bottom.”

The Republican leader of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday he's seen no evidence that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower, as President Trump has claimed, having reviewed information from the Department of Justice.

"Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No, there never was," Devin Nunes, of Cal., said in an interview on Fox News Sunday.

On Friday, the Department of Justice said it turned over information sought by congressional committees, which requested documents for any potential court orders or warrants related to Trump, his campaign surrogates, family or friends.

Nunes said he has seen no information of a foreign intelligence surveillance warrant to monitor Trump. He added that "if you take the president literally, it didn't happen."

He said there are possible "other surveillance activities," referring to the communications related to former national security adviser Michael Flynn that were leaked.

Asked whether the committee has seen evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, he said: "I'll give you a very simple answer: No."

On March 4, Trump made the wiretapping allegations in a series of Twitter posts. The White House has defended Trump's accusations, but broadened "wiretapping" to "broad surveillance."

Rep. Adam Schiff, of Cal., the Democrat's ranking member on the committee, said he expects FBI Director James Comey to deny Trump's claim at a hearing Monday.

"I expect that he will," Schiff said on Meet the Press on NBC. "And I hope that we can put at end to this wild goose chase because what the president said was just patently false. And the wrecking ball it created has banged into our British allies, our German allies."

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