Devin Nunes Says There Was No Wiretap of Trump Tower

Mar 21, 2017, 00:39
Devin Nunes Says There Was No Wiretap of Trump Tower

The President notoriously claimed his predecessor, Barack Obama, ordered wiretaps on his Trump Tower-headquartered campaign.

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The House committee will hold a second public hearing on March 28 with former USA officials, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan. He drew parallels to Watergate and McCarthyism and said Obama was a "Bad (or sick) guy!" for ordering surveillance of his NY residence - allegations the former president quickly denied through a spokesman.

As it relates to the Russians, said Nunes, "we are happy to investigate it because I think Putin is a bad actor on the world stage".

"I'll give you a very simple answer: 'no, ' " Nunes said".

On Monday, FBI director James Comey will testify before Congress about Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

This month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from probes related to Russia's role in the 2016 campaign and potential contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign team after acknowledging that he met twice a year ago with Kislyak.

Leaders of the intelligence committees in both chambers had previously said repeatedly they'd they have seen no evidence to substantiate the explosive claims, and the White House has, still, publicly offered no proof of the allegation.

Russian Federation denies attempting to influence the election.

The US intelligence community has said Russian Federation was behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, which it said were part of an effort to help Trump in the election. Nunes also reiterated his concern about data collection involving former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and the leaks of information about Flynn's s with the Russian envoy during the campaign.

Critics say it has also debased the already-coarse tone of political debate in Washington and eroded the president's credibility at home and overseas.

"The President doesn't go and physically wiretap something".

A view of Trump Tower, March 7, 2017 in New York City. "'It never hurts to say you're sorry, '" Representative Will Hurd, a Republican from Texas, told ABC television. "The American people have a right to know, and in order to defend ourselves, we need to know whether the circumstantial evidence of collusion and direct evidence of deception is indicative of more".

Comey and Rogers are not expected to reveal much in public about the probes, which include information that is classified Top Secret and also separated into different compartments, each of which requires a separate clearance. But Cruz said Trump still needs to put forward the facts. Schiff said. "Was there any form of collusion?" "I think it helps with our allies".

For this reason, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) just opened the door to Democrats taking back the House in 2018.

CNN reported in February that there was constant contact between Trump campaign aides and Russians known to USA intelligence last summer, citing multiple current and former intelligence, law enforcement and administration officials.

"There is certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation", he continued.

Trump has since said that he was referring more generally to "surveillance", not necessarily bugging of phones, and his aides have echoed that changing rationale.