Intel documents offer no evidence of spying on Trump Tower

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The wiretapping allegations have hung over the White House for two weeks, since Trump first alleged in a series of tweets that Obama had wiretapped his telephones at Trump Tower in NY.

The top lawmakers on the House and Senate Intelligence committees last week said there was no proof thus far that Trump Tower had been wiretapped by Obama, which Trump alleged earlier this month in a series of tweets and has continued to allege. "There is a ton of media reports out there that indicate that something was going on during the 2016 election", Spicer said.

Despite agreeing there was "no physical wiretap" at Trump Tower Nunes said it was unclear what other surveillance evidence there might be on Trump or any of his associates.

The Russian government has rejected accusations by U.S. intelligence agencies it worked to influence the election in Trump's favour. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va., said in a one-sentence joint statement Thursday afternoon.

US President Donald Trump stands by his accusation the Obama administration tapped his phones during the 2016 presidential campaign, the White House says, despite three senior lawmakers rejecting the claim.

The Republican operative has acknowledged having a Twitter exchange with Guccifer 2.0, a hacker that US officials believe has ties to Russian Federation. He said he is willing to testify before any congressional committee that holds its hearings "in public and not behind closed doors".

The House intelligence committee is to begin hearings Monday into Russia's role in cybersecurity breaches at the Democratic National Committee.

Leaders from the House and Senate Intelligence Committees asked the Justice Department for evidence after Trump called for a congressional inquiry into his as-yet-unproven wiretapping claims.




Identities of Americans who show up in USA surveillance against foreign targets are generally concealed, but can be unmasked by intelligence agencies in certain circumstances. That allows the government to collect the communications of individuals suspected of being agents of a foreign power.

In a statement, Nunes said the committee still had not received information it requested from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency about whether information collected on USA persons was mishandled and leaked to the public.

FBI Director James Comey was scheduled to brief top members of the Senate judiciary committee Wednesday afternoon in response to a separate request about the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his contacts with Russian officials. "There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time as a candidate or against his campaign", Clapper said last week on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Spicer said the committees had made their statements without any input from the Justice Department.

"I've been reading about things", Mr Trump said.

Other influential Republicans, including Sen.

"At least we have something in common, perhaps", Trump said Friday, motioning to Merkel, a reference to how the US National Security Agency had tapped the German Chancellor's phone in the past. Given Sessions' recusal, Rosenstein would take over responsibility for any probes touching the Trump campaign and Russia's election meddling if he's confirmed.

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