Sean Spicer says Trump 'stands by' his wiretapping claims despite bipartisan pushback

No proof of Trump's wiretap claim

Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee dismissed those allegations saying they see "no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance" by the US government. As attorney-general, Jeff Sessions could reasonably be thought to have provided the proof on which Trump based his wild claim, but encountering reporters in Richmond, Virginia, Sessions said that he had not given Trump any reason to believe he had been wiretapped.

"I've always said it's much, much better to talk to one another and not about one another, and I think our conversation proved this", Merkel said in remarks at the pair's joint news conference, a reference perhaps to Trump's campaign criticism that Merkel's open-doors refugee policy had destroyed Germany. But Trump's fellow Republicans, who control majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives, say the probes by congressional committees are sufficient.

"Mr Spicer was simply pointing to public reports, not endorsing any specific story", the statement said.

"He stands by it", Spicer said, chin out, when asked if Trump stood by his tweet-nado of almost two weeks ago when he said he'd been wiretapped by Obama at his Trump Tower office. "We want to find that out", Nunes said.

"The bottom line is the president said last night that he will be providing - there would be additional information coming forward".

According to a Western diplomat, Britain's ambassador to Washington, Kim Darroch, had told the White House Tuesday that Napolitano's assertions were not true.

But the president's initial claim that Obama tapped his phones appears at this point to be utterly false.

The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee have said they have yet to see any evidence of wiretapping, but have yet to flatly rule out all surveillance.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes says he doesn't believe "there was an actual tap of Trump Tower", contrary to claims made by President Trump. If there is proof that the Obama administration approved monitoring of Trump or his associates, that would suggest the government had reason to be suspicious of their contacts with Russian Federation and a judge had approved the surveillance.

However he did not provide any evidence to support his claim, and thus far no evidence is thought to have been produced.

"It's just too bad that we have to go to this length", Grassley said.

FBI Director James Comey is likely to face questions about whether the agency got a warrant to wiretap Trump Tower at a House hearing on Monday.

"Because there's no evidence of this at all", Schiff told CNN. "And clearly if you are, the president was wrong". "So we'll ask the director to address that very specific allegation". In four separate statements on Twitter, Trump said he was the target of a wiretap.

House Speaker Ryan told reporters: "The point is, the intelligence committees in their continuing, widening, ongoing investigation of all things Russian Federation, got to the bottom - at least so far - with respect to our intelligence community that - that no such wiretap existed".

Trump has said little about his allegations against Obama, largely leaving it to White House aides to explain his inflammatory statements.



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