White House doubles down on wiretaps

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He suggested the USA president's assertion, made in a series of March 4 tweets, should not be taken at face value.

"Are you going to take the tweets literally?"

On Wednesday, Trump said "some very interesting items" were coming in the coming weeks that would prove his claim, which has been widely decried by his critics as baseless. The FBI is also investigating. He then went full-on Mellisa McCarthy, angrily countering that the media selectively chooses when to rely on statements from the intelligence committees.

That's because Attorney General Jeff Sessions, one of Trump's close campaign advisers, has recused himself from all investigations connected to the president.

But when asked Thursday if lawmakers have evidence to suggest that anyone in the Trump orbit's communications had been collected incidentally, Nunes pointed only to the leak of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn's communications with a Russian ambassador. "He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the Central Intelligence Agency, he didn't use the Federal Bureau of Investigation and he didn't use the Department of Justice". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. It does not say Obama ordered this surveillance, nor does it say Trump's own phones were tapped or that he was under surveillance in any way. A spokesman for the committee said the panel is reviewing the documents but had no further comment. The Senate Intelligence Committee announced Friday it would hold a hearing on Russia's meddling into the United States election on March 30.

Ranking Member Adam B. Schiff, a California Democrat, said last week the hearing would be one of many - in public and behind closed doors - to determine the extent of Russia's involvement in the election. The hearing will feature Mr Comey and Admiral Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency.

Most experts have argued that the accusation is far-fetched under current USA surveillance law. That allows the government to collect the communications of individuals suspected of being agents of a foreign power.

The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee are raising concerns about the disclosure of names of American citizens whose communications were caught up in US surveillance of foreign agents.

Sessions, a staunch supporter of Trump during the campaign, recused himself earlier this month from the Russian Federation investigations after it was revealed that he did not disclose his own contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

Asked how he concluded he was being snooped on, Trump cited a January 20 New York Times article 'where they were talking about wiretapping.

The statement by Burr and Warner, Spicer said, did not undermine the White House's confidence that the president's explosive allegation would be vindicated, because "the investigation by the House and Senate has not been provided all the information".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a similar argument in the White Press press briefing Tuesday, telling reporters, "The President used the word wiretap in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities".

"They're not findings", he said.

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