Justice Department asks for more time on Trump's wiretapping evidence

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According to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, there is wiretapping-congressional-investigation/index.html?sr=twpol031517wiretapping-congressional-investigation0349PMVODtopLink&linkId=35501969" target="_blank">no evidence for the Trump Twitter wiretapping claim that spawned both political and media firestorms.

Trump tweeted earlier this month "Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory".

Earlier this week, the Justice Department, facing a separate deadline from the House Intelligence Committee to turn over information that might support Trump's wiretap claims, asked for additional time to determine whether any information exists.

"As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any USA citizen", spokesman Kevin Lewis said.

Meanwhile, chatter continued building Wednesday that FBI Director James Comey would soon disclose to lawmakers whether his agency was specifically investigating ties between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign.

The committee said it would give the Justice Department until March 20 to comply with the evidence request. If there is proof that the Obama administration approved monitoring of Trump or his associates, that would suggest the government had reason to be suspicious of their contacts with Russian Federation and a judge had approved the surveillance.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, threatened Wednesday to subpoena Comey if he failed to answer whether the FBI received a federal warrant to conduct surveillance on Trump, his campaign or his Manhattan headquarters.

"If his predecessor violated the law, President Obama violated the law, we have got a serious issue here, to say the least", he added. The two are leading one of three Congressional investigations into Russia's interference in the U.S. elections.

The leaders say FBI Director James Comey and the head of the National Security Agency will testify at a public hearing on March 20.

Schiff said that he and Nunes are still waiting for a response to their letter demanding proof from the Justice Department.

Postscript: Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly told CBS News this morning that he never provided Trump with any information about Obama having wiretapped him. The claim, presented without evidence, was met with immediate skepticism from lawmakers questioning what the Republican meant. "I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks".

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