McCain Corners Trump Over Obama Wiretapping Claim

House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Ranking Democrat Adam Schiff (Calif.) expressed doubt, March 15, about President Trump's claim of a 2016 wire tap at Trump Tower.

It is not the first time Nunes has stated that there is no evidence to suggest that Trump was wiretapped.

But press secretary Sean Spicer mentioned that Trump's "wiretapping" accusation could have meant broader surveillance activities not limited to a physical wiretap at Trump Tower and that it was conducted by the Obama administration and not necessarily ordered by the president. Trump provided no evidence for his claim.

The House Intelligence Committee has given the Justice Department until March 20 to provide evidence related to Trump's wiretapping claims.

The White House asked congress to investigate the claim, and two committees have agreed to do so and asked the Department of Justice to provide it with any information to support the accusation. Appearing on Good Morning America Monday, Trump's senior counselor Kellyanne Conway addressed the allegations.

"How long has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process".




"President Obama wouldn't physically go over and wiretap Trump Tower", Nunes said. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"

The House Intelligence Committee's request for evidence by Monday was made in a letter sent to the Justice Department by members of the intelligence panel.

Trump hasn't commented on the alleged wiretapping since his initial tweets, but his spokesmen have done nothing to shoot down the claim when questioned by reporters over the last 10 days.

Last week, the White House tried to avoid giving further life to US President Donald Trump's stunning and unsupported allegation that former president Barack Obama ordered surveillance of him past year.

When asked if she knew if Trump Tower was wiretapped, Conway said, "what I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other", suggesting that the Central Intelligence Agency could have accomplished their objective using phones or televisions or even "microwaves that turn into cameras".

Some lawmakers have raised concerns about the contacts between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, but Trump has called any suggestion of ties a politically-charged witch hunt. "And I think the rest is created to downplay, minimize or obfuscate the fact that the president said something that was patently untrue".

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