Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes says he thinks President Donald Trump was wrong when he accused President Barack Obama of wiretapping him.
That same day, The New York Times reported that FBI Director James Comey pushed the Department of Justice to publicly reject Trump's claim given that it suggests the agency broke the law.
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Instead, the Justice Department requested on Monday more time to turn over evidence relating to Trump's claim to the House Intelligence Committee, which initially set a Monday deadline for that. Appearing on Good Morning America Monday, Trump's senior counselor Kellyanne Conway addressed the allegations.
The former president's office has denied the charge.
"If the White House or the president want to come out and clarify his statements more, it would probably, probably be helpful", Nunes said, in reference to the president's March 4 tweets, where he called Obama "sick" for ordering the alleged wiretaps. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"
"To date, I've seen no evidence that supports that President Trump made that his predecessor had wiretapped he and his associates at Trump Tower". "As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any USA citizen".
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Top lawmakers also expressed doubt Sunday that the Justice Department would meet a bipartisan request to provide evidence by Monday.
A number of high-level officials have pushed back against those claims despite the White House's insistence that evidence of such wiretapping exists. The source claimed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director is upset that Trump's tweets on the issue attempt to make it appear as if the agency acted improperly.
Several media organizations have reported over the last few months that the Federal Bureau of Investigation asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for warrants in July and October of 2016 to wiretap the server in Trump Tower to investigate two Russian banks - SVB Bank and Alfa Bank - and the Trump campaign's possible connection to them - and that the October request was granted.
When asked if any evidence suggests people affiliated with the president had conversations with Russians, Nunes replied "not that I'm aware of".
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