A House committee has been assigned to investigate President Trump’s claims that the phones at Trump Towers were bugged by then-President Obama. The committee chairman announced Wednesday that they’ve found “no evidence” to support the current President’s claims.
According the the committee, the illegal wiretap accusations are unfounded at this time. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) spoke about the subject in a briefing. He told reporters that they have been unable to find any evidence that the wiretapping even took place.
Nunes says that the committee has spoken with quite a few people regarding the illegal wiretapping of Trump Tower. In his opinion, “there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is the panel’s ranking Democrat. He agrees with Nunes, that no wiretapping ever took place.
Former President Barack Obama is not too happy about the accusations from Trump.
“Neither one of us have seen any evidence to support what the President tweeted,” Schiff said at the briefing. “I’ve seen no evidence of any illegality pertaining to electronic surveillance.”
Trump, who first tweeted the claim on March 4, has so far provided no evidence, either publicly or to either of the congressional committees probing the claim at his request, and has not elaborated at all on how or where he received the information that led him to make it in the first place.
The House Intelligence Committee — which, like the Senate Intelligence Committee and the FBI, is investigating the claim — was supposed to receive evidence from the administration Monday, but the deadline came and went after the Justice Department asked for more time to respond.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday at his daily press briefing that Trump was “extremely confident” the investigations would unearth evidence backing up his accusation.
Nunes added Wednesday that more information could come out on Monday, when FBI Director James Comey is slated to testify at the committee’s first public hearing on the matter.
Speculation grew throughout the day, however, that Comey could disclose to lawmakers other information about his agency’s investigation earlier than that, including whether the body was specifically probing ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) revealed during the opening moments of a Judiciary Committee subcommittee panel hearing on Russia that he had been told by the FBI that he and the ranking Democrat on the body, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), would be briefed on whether there had been any surveillance efforts on Trump.
“We were informed by the FBI just a few minutes ago that they would be responding to our letter with a classified briefing to the chair and ranking member,” Graham said, without elaborating or providing the date of his briefing.
Earlier Wednesday, Graham reiterated that he would be open to subpoenaing the FBI for information and said the Senate would refuse to confirm Trump’s deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, if the FBI did not disclose whether it had any evidence of wiretaps against Trump.
“We’ll hold up the deputy attorney general’s nomination until Congress is provided with information to finally clear the air as to whether or not there was ever a warrant issued against the Trump campaign,” he said on NBC’s “TODAY.”
On Tuesday night, Whitehouse had said Comey promised to tell him and Graham the next day whether the FBI was investigating ties between Russia and Trump.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday he was not the source behind Trump’s still unproven accusations.
Sessions told CBS News that he “never briefed” Trump “on campaign investigations or gave him any reason to believe Obama wiretapped him,” a reporter for the network tweeted Wednesday.
Sessions, whose agency has broad oversight over the FBI, which is also investigating Russian meddling, has faced criticism over his relationship with Trump, but he announced earlier this month that he was recusing himself from any investigation involving the campaign.