Trump Wiretap Claims Rejected by Senate Intelligence Chiefs

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The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said there’s no evidence that any surveillance was conducted at Trump Tower in New York City, contradicting President Donald Trump’s claim.

“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,” the panel’s chairman, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and vice chairman, Mark Warner of Virginia, said in a joint statement Thursday.

Trump initially said on Twitter that his phones at Trump Tower were “wire tapped” by former President Barack Obama during the campaign. Trump walked that claim back on Wednesday, telling Fox News that “‘Wiretap’ covers a lot of different things.” He also suggested that evidence supporting his claim may be forthcoming.

Asked Thursday if Trump stands by his claim, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that “he stands by it” without further explanation.

The statement by the two senators follows bipartisan questioning of Trump’s initial posting. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California said Wednesday that if you take Trump’s tweet on wiretapping literally, “clearly the president was wrong.” Arizona Republican Senator John McCain said on CNN last weekend that “the president has one of two choices: either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve.” …

Read more : Bloomberg, 16.03.2017