Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway contentiously said in an interview Sunday the federal government had several means of spying on Trump aside from a traditional wiretap, suggesting that the Obama administration could have snooped on Trump's conversations via several electrical appliances like microwaves.
In a series of tweets on March 4, Trump accused President Obama of wiretapping him and he urged Congress to investigate the claim. FBI Director James Comey was reportedly outraged by Trump's statement and pressed the Justice Department to debunk the claim right away.
The House intelligence committee on Wednesday ordered USA snooping agencies to reveal whether they eavesdropped on any Trump or Clinton campaign personnel previous year, and if so, whether they illegally "unmasked" any of those people by publicly revealing their communications.
Mr. Trump himself has provided no evidence that Trump Tower, where he lived and ran his campaign, was wiretapped by Obama.
He did, however, say that he was concerned that some of Trump's associates may have been surveilled in other ways and that their names were leaked to the press.
Schiff said the Intelligence Committee has so far seen no evidence during their probe of Russian influence on the U.S. election to support Trump's claim.
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Two senators on a key Senate Judiciary subcommittee are at odds over whether Comey privately assured them that he would confirm by Wednesday whether there's a criminal investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation. Intelligence officials have said they are willing to subpoena the Justice Department for possible evidence. The two are leading one of three Congressional investigations into Russia's interference in the United States elections.
US President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama walk out of the East front prior to Obama's departure from the 2017 Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USç January 20, 2017.
The FBI is reportedly investigating whether any Trump associates colluded with the Kremlin to influence the election.
FBI Director James Comey is set to testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday.
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Schiff said the three men will all be available and committed to the March 20 deadline, and the following week there will be testimony from them and as much time as necessary for the committee to ask its questions.
Top Republican lawmaker and frequent Trump critic Senator John McCain on Sunday challenged Trump to prove the wiretapping claim - or else retract it. "I think it is all in the interpretation that you believe", Nunes said. Instead, according to the Trump lackey, the President was referring to general surveillance activities.