“I have no information to support those tweets. And we have looked carefully inside the FBI.”
This is the official statement from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey. It seems he is the latest bearer of bad news to Trump. The president’s White House has been adamantly defending that a wiretap had occurred during the time that Trump was running for office.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer even said that Trump meant a broader range of surveillance when he accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping. Spicer also clarified that Trump didn’t believe Obama himself did the wiretap. Instead, he claimed it was the work of the Obama administration.
Spicer made these statements despite Trump indicating the opposite. His barrage of tweets specifically included one saying, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process.” He also fired off a tweet asking if it’s “legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election.”
Before a congressional panel, Comey remarked, “With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets.”
Comey is not the only official to dismiss the president’s tweets. House Intelligence Committee’s Republican Chairman Devin Nunes also came to the same conclusion. “Let me be clear: We know there was not a physical wiretap on Trump Tower,” he said. According to a report from Reuters, however, Nunes said that it is possible there were other surveillance activities on Trump and associates.
Meanwhile, the White House still stands by its claim that surveillance was conducted. “There’s a lot more questions that need to get asked about what was being done in terms of surveillance, who was being surveilled, why were they being involved, what techniques,” Spicer explained.
Wiretap Claims, No End In Sight
The House committee will hold a second public hearing on March 28. When asked if Trump’s search for conclusive evidence will end then, Spicer answered, “It’s not a question of a date, it’s a question of where we get answers.”