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Trump Wiretapping Claims Dominate Intelligence Hearing

Trump Wiretapping Claims Dominate Intelligence Hearing

"He stands by it", Spicer told reporters, suggesting that investigations in the House and Senate intelligence committees may not have yielded all relevant information, yet.

"Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time in any way, full stop", anchor Shepard Smith said, reading an official statement on-air. The FBI is also investigating.

Trump accused Obama of wiretapping him during the late stages of the campaign, but provided no evidence. However, none of those appeared to confirm that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower.

The allegations and counter claims about whose phone calls and meetings might have been recorded are becoming increasingly heated in the light of information about links between some of Mr Trump's officials and the Russian government. Schiff says he and Nunes are willing to take steps to compel the department to comply with their request if it refuses by the March 20 deadline they've given the Justice Department. "Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory", and went on to claim nothing was found. Graham said that if Comey doesn't provide the information, his subcommittee in the Senate would issue subpoenas. Conversations between Flynn and Russia's ambassador before inauguration were picked up by USA intelligence and later disclosed.

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Comey is slated to testify Monday before the House intelligence committee.

Ahead of the hearing, the committee sent a letter to the FBI, CIA and the National Security Agency requesting details by Friday about Americans who surfaced in intelligence collections previous year.

Identities of Americans who show up in US surveillance against foreign entities are supposed to stay concealed. That allows the government to collect the communications of individuals suspected of being agents of a foreign power.

The breadth of the probe also includes looking into whether Trump or any of his associates had any connections to the Kremlin and what federal agencies unmasked names of US citizens who were picked up via incidental collection of surveillance.

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The department had requested an extension earlier this week to respond to congressional inquiries following President Donald Trump's unproven Twitter claim that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had wiretapped Trump during the campaign.

Asked Wednesday if he had ever briefed Trump on the investigation or given the president any reason to believe he had been wiretapped by the Obama administration, Sessions said, "The answer is no".

"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.

Other influential Republicans, including Sen. He said Friday that Washington has assured Britain they will not be repeated.

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