Congress probing whether government spied on Trump

WASHINGTON – The House Intelligence Committee chairman said Monday that while there was no physical evidence of a wiretap of Trump Towers, investigators were looking into the possibility that the Trump presidential campaign had indeed been put under surveillance.

President Trump has charged the Obama administration spied on his presidential campaign.

The president has come under withering criticism from the press and Democrats to provide proof of his claim, even though, as WND has reported, the White House has pointed out the media itself has published numerous accounts of such surveillance.

During Friday’s daily White House press briefing, CNN’s Jim Acosta even demanded, “Why can’t we just end this farce and just have the president say he was wrong?”

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded with an epic eight-minute recitation of media accounts documenting government surveillance on the Trump campaign, primarily from reporting by the New York Times.

At the start of Monday’s “Open Hearing on Russian Active Measures Investigation,” chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., stated three committee goals in addition to looking into whether there was spying on Trump:

  1. Determine if there was any Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign.
  2. Find out if there were contacts between any campaign officials and Russian officials.
  3. Discover who leaked classified information about surveillance to the press.

In his opening statement, FBI Director James Comey said it was the bureau’s practice not to comment on ongoing investigations, but having been given a special exemption by the Department of Justice, he could publicly confirm the existence of an inquiry into whether there was Russian interference in the election.

The investigation is also looking into whether or not there were any links between the Russian government and election campaigns, and whether there was any coordination. The FBI is also assessing whether any crimes were committed.

But Comey could not comment in public on who was under investigation for what.

The director said congressional leaders have been briefed on their findings so far, but he could not comment on those conclusions publicly. He asked those watching the hearing to draw no conclusion when he replied to questions on which he could not comment.

On Monday morning, President Trump accused Democrats of making up claims that Russia interfered in the presidential election, and said Congress and the FBI should be investigating the leaks and Democrats.

He tweeted: “The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!”

The president also said: “The real story that Congress, the FBI and others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!”

And, the president tweeted: “What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians?”

 

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