Senate Intelligence Committee: No Indications Trump Tower was Wiretapped

Tucker Carlson Donald Trump interview

Tucker Carlson Donald Trump interview

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement to CNN that the department "has complied with the request from leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Judiciary Committees seeking information related to surveillance during the 2016 election".

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley is holding up the confirmation of deputy attorney general nominee Rod Rosenstein until Mr Comey testifies before his committee on the scope of the FBI's Russian Federation probe. "Zero evidence of that", Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democratic member of the House intelligence committee, told BuzzFeed News.

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said there is no evidence that any surveillance was conducted at Trump Tower in New York City, contradicting President Donald Trump's claim.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, answers questions at the U.S. Capitol during a press conference on March 7.

In a March 15 interview, Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked Trump why he didn't ask the agencies about any possible surveillance on him or his campaign before tweeting about it, given that the White House appears to have no evidence to backup his claims.

The National Security Agency had partially met the committee's request with plans to fully comply by end of next week, Nunes said, but "the committee still has not received information requested from the CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation... that is necessary to determine whether information collected on United States persons was mishandled and leaked". "But his senior adviser Kellyanne Conway - who we don't quote much anymore because, well, history - is noting that phones are not the only way that people spy on people", Smith said.

'I can tell you it has become a little bit of a stumbling block for our investigators to actually be able to compile and cull through the information'.

"I'm going to let the tweet speak for itself", he said. "I think we have some very good stuff".

In a remarkably combative exchange with reporters at his daily press briefing, Spicer was asked whether Trump still believes Obama ordered the alleged surveillance effort. There was an article I think they used that exact term.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he had not given Trump any reason to believe he was wiretapped by President Obama. The president said his administration "will be submitting things" to the panel and that he perhaps will be speaking about his claim next week.

Trump also qualified the claim in his "wire-tapping" tweet, claiming that what he had meant to say was to allege more generally that the Obama administration had engaged in "surveillance and many other things".

"We need to figure out what happened here, there's a lot of unanswered question".

Trump maintained that "some very interesting items" would be "coming to the forefront over the next two weeks" but did not elaborate what those items might be.