Trump stands by unverified wiretap claim

Mar 17, 2017, 01:26
Trump stands by unverified wiretap claim

Earlier this month, Donald Trump accused President Barack Obama of having had his "wires tapped" in Trump Tower before the election.

"The president used the word wiretap in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities", Mr Spicer told reporters.

Congressman Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the committee, said: "It deeply concerns me that the president would make such an accusation without basis".

"I think there's significant reporting about surveillance techniques that have existed throughout the 2016 election", Spicer said.

"I'll leave it to them to issue their report, but I think he feels very confident that what will ultimately come of this will vindicate" him, Spicer added.

In one of the Tweets, Trump said the alleged wiretapping took place in his Trump Tower office and apartment building in NY, but there was "nothing found". "Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory", and went on to claim nothing was found. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!".

Senate Select Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina. Trump also called his predecessor a "bad (or sick) guy!".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., also dismissed Trump's claims.

"I read in - I think it was January 20, a New York Times article and they were talking about wiretapping", said Trump.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said he knew of no warrant to wiretap Trump.

The AP reported the wiretap claim was made in a story in Breitbart which reprinted a claim by radio host Mark Levin who mentioned, without evidence, the idea that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower.

"Not every day you see a press secretary going to such lengths to argue his boss is the subject of an FBI investigation", Miller tweeted. One, the incidental collection of Americans that were possibly tied to the Trump campaign that could have been leaked, similar to General Flynn.

The House Intelligence Committee, which Mr Nunes heads, is also conducting an investigation into suspected Russian interference in last year's USA election.