Trump Wiretapping Claims Dominate Intelligence Hearing

Trump's wiretapping tweets, weren't literal, White House says. He was using 'the word wiretap in quotes'

Former Obama White House chief of staff Denis McDonough says he has "no idea" what President Donald Trump is talking about when he claims to have evidence that his predecessor wiretapped him.

"He stands by it", Spicer said, chin out, when asked if Trump stood by his tweet-nado of almost two weeks ago when he said he'd been wiretapped by Obama at his Trump Tower office.

Asked how he concluded he was being snooped on, Trump cited a January 20 New York Times article 'where they were talking about wiretapping.

He also insisted that media outlets had not reported when, one day earlier, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said it is possible Trump staffers might have been surveilled via "incidental" collection of information.

Graham, of SC, is leading one of three congressional investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory".

"I think the president has been very clear when he talked about this. he meant surveillance", Spicer said, referring to an interview Trump gave to Fox News' Tucker Carlson Wednesday night.

"We said nothing" about the GCHQ claim, Trump told journalists. Graham said that if Comey doesn't provide the information, his subcommittee in the Senate would issue subpoenas.

Meanwhile, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, released documents last Thursday that show Mr. Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was paid more than $67,000 from Russian Federation companies before the presidential election.

Nunes said it wasn't clear 'whether or not they are going to let us have the proper computer technology that we need to go through the evidence that exists out at the Central Intelligence Agency, out at Langley, and we are trying to work through that'.

The accusations - flatly denied by Obama - were at first seen as frivolous, spur-of-the-moment comments after a politically bruising week, which Trump and his team could later retreat from without much damage.

"They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored", a spokesperson said.

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

"Trump walked that claim back on Wednesday, telling Fox News that "'Wiretap' covers a lot of different things".

Trump created a political firestorm on 4 March in a series of tweets that called Obama a "bad (or sick) guy" for an allegation that, from the start, U.S. officials called groundless and Obama unequivocally denied.

In December, 49 percent of voters described Trump's use of Twitter as a bad thing, compared with just 23 percent who viewed it as mostly a good thing.

If that had occurred, he said, he would "absolutely" have been told that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had sought and received a court-ordered warrant to tap under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

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