While many lawmakers from both parties have said there’s no sign that Obama ordered spying on Trump, Nunes said Sunday he’s pursuing whether there “were any other surveillance activities that were used” that led to the “unmasking of names and the leaking of names”.
Mr Trump was accused by former Central Intelligence Agency director Leon Panetta of making the claim as a deliberate diversionary tactic.
Meanwhile, Trump is accusing Democrats of fabricating the allegations of election interference against Russian Federation and creating more “fake news“.
It’s because these services leaked information to the press that we know Donald Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn lied about his conversations with the Russian ambassador before Trump was invested.
What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians?
Even when the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the NSA, and the Central Intelligence Agency all report that there is no evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign committed treason, the narrative – like the tall tale of Al Gore’s victory in 2000 – will never die.
The Department of Justice said Friday it turned over information congressional committees sought on President Donald Trump’s claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him ahead of the 2016 election.
A congressional panel so far has found no evidence that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian Federation, its chairman said Sunday. He said that there is “circumstantial evidence” of collusion.
“There was circumstantial evidence of collusion; there is direct evidence, I think, of deception”, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said.
SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE – The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is conducting its own investigation.
The president repeatedly insisted last week that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower put under surveillance late last fall. Mr. Sessions has kept his job after claiming he had not fully understood the question during the Senate hearing.
“The Democrats have been very much backing this idea that’s come out of the Central Intelligence Agency that there is this incredibly close linkage between the Trump camp and the Kremlin”, Machon told RT. Mr Obama’s spokesman dismissed the claims.
“There’s even been stories written about it in numerous newspapers talking about how they said they left breadcrumbs around to hurt the Trump administration”.
What impact have these claims had?
The committee’s chairman, Representative Bob Goodlatte, said instead that he would urge the government to continue its investigation.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, one of several Republicans who have questioned the president’s allegations, said on NBC’s Meet The Press that “I don’t know the basis for President Trump’s assertion”, and “I do believe he owes us that explanation”.
But despite Schiff’s view – which is shared by many Democrats – Trump tweeted Monday that Congress should drop the Russian Federation probe and focus on who has been leaking classified and politically damaging stories about his administration.
The claims angered the United Kingdom government, and GCHQ rejected the allegations as “utterly ridiculous”.
The Intelligence Community concluded in a declassified report released in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an information campaign aimed at helping Trump win the White House.