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Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

Former Obama chief of staff dismisses Trump wiretapping claim

Former Obama chief of staff dismisses Trump wiretapping claim

House Intelligence Committee members are looking for FBI Director James Comey to put an "exclamation point" on Monday to unfounded claims made by President Donald Trump alleging the Republican president was wiretapped by his Democratic predecessor.

Spicer's comments come after a joint statement earlier in the day from Senate intelligence committee leaders, Richard Burr, R-North Carolina and Mark Warner, D-Virginia, in which the lawmakers said they have not seen evidence President Barack Obama "wiretapped" Trump Tower before the November presidential election.

In a Twitter post on March 4, Trump said his predecessor, Barack Obama, ordered wiretaps of his NY offices - an extraordinary and explosive accusation that an Obama spokesman flatly denied.

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.

On Monday, FBI Director James Comey is to testify before lawmakers on that and other issues relating to what United States intelligence says was Russian interference in the election.

"W$3 e had a cardinal rule...in the White House, which is we would not under any circumstances get involved in any investigations one way or the other", McDonought said Thursday on "CBS This Morning".

On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he had not given Trump any reason to believe he was wiretapped by President Obama.

Trump on Friday repeated his claim against Obama, rejecting rising calls from Republicans and Democrats to withdraw the charge and apologize.

Trump himself Wednesday that when he claimed the Obama administration had "wiretapped" him during the campaign, he was basing his conclusions on news reports.

Even in the face of flat denials by top officials in the Obama administration, who were in a position to know, Mr. Trump has stuck to his incendiary claim that the former president personally ordered a tap on his phones.

Van Hollen added that if Trump's claims about Obama prove untrue "the question of course arises - can you ever trust what the president says in moments when it will matter to the country?" The aide said Spicer is wrong.

Over in the House, Mr. Nunes has begun a similar inquiry into the Kremlin's behind-the-scenes attempts to influence the presidential election in Mr. Trump's favor.

Senate intelligence committee leaders said Thursday that they had seen no indications to support Trump's assertions. "I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks", Trump said. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" he tweeted.

"Well, because the New York Times wrote about it", Trump replied.

"All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television", Trump said. Turned down by court earlier.

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