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White House spokeswoman doesn't 'think' Trump accepts Comey's denial on wiretap

Donald_Trump If Trump Tower Was Wiretapped, Trump Can Declassify That Right Now
Heather Davidson | 07 March, 2017, 00:21

James Clapper said no such wiretap activity was carried out against Trump as a candidate or against his campaign.

Trump faces furor over unsubstantiated claim Obama wiretapped him. "Think about this: if you're Barack Obama and you have the ability by making a phone call to hear what Donald Trump is saying, would you bother getting a warrant?"

The president risked incriminating himself by tweeting about his alleged wire-tapping, which some of his aides found out about with the rest of the country. He ended the tweet with "SAD" showcasing Trump's trademark signoff. Turned down by court earlier. On Monday, House Oversight chairman Rep.

"Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling", Spicer said.

"I'm on the Intelligence Committee and as part of our investigation, we'll cover the allegations by the president as to whether or not there was surveillance, and if there was a wiretap to Trump Tower", the New York Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program.

Spicer added that "neither the White House nor the president will comment further until such oversight is conducted".

Democrats have dismissed the President's allegations as an attempt to deflect from negative attention over growing reports of contact between Trump allies and Russian officials during the campaign.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign Monday a revised version of his executive order banning travel of people from certain nations to the USA, scaling back a policy that prompted widespread protests and court challenges.

On Sunday, the White House appeared to somewhat backpedal on the claim, suggesting only that there was a wiretap but not speculating on who may have ordered it.

Citing no evidence to support his explosive allegation, Trump said in a series of five tweets sent Saturday morning that Obama was "wire tapping" his NY offices before the election in a move he compared to McCarthyism.

Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, asked the Justice Department to dispute Trump's allegation that Obama ordered the wiretap, although it was not clear why he did not directly dispute the statement himself.

"Whether that's a FISA court application or denial of that application or a re-submission of that application, that doesn't mean that none of these things happened".

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According to The New York Times, a sitting United States president can not legally order law enforcement agencies to spy on USA citizens.

"A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice", spokesman Kevin Lewis said.

"That is simply not true", he said.

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he was removing himself from any investigation into the Russian activities after reports emerged that he met twice a year ago with the ambassador, although he had said at his January confirmation hearing that he "did not have communications with the Russians". Let's get caught up to make sense of today.

To be clear, Levin and Limbaugh and Pollak didn't publish any original reporting. "I will be proven right, '" Ruddy wrote.

Ms Huckabee claimed the media were biased in favour of Mr Obama so will believe anything he says without question. But their conversations could also have been captured by routine surveillance of Russian diplomats or intelligence operatives.

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On Monday morning, one of Trump's senior advisers, Kellyanne Conway, said former Obama administration officials who were denying that Trump Tower phones were tapped "also left the door open" to the possibility that they were.

The only evidence that the Trump administration has offered are reports from right-wing news sites, maintaining a pattern of spreading unfounded conspiracy theories.

"We had no evidence of such collusion", Clapper said on "Meet the Press". USA allies such as Canada, Europe and Asia were rattled by Mr. Trump's accusations, which could hinder the potential for collaboration with the US and other countries.

But CNN reporter Brian Stelter said Ruddy admitted that Trump did not disclose his sources when he talked of the wire tap.

But the investigation by the FBI, the NSA and the Central Intelligence Agency continues. A page on the White House website's "Disclosures" section entitled "Visitor Access Records" says the page will post records of White House visitors on an ongoing basis, once they become available.

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