Wiretapping Probe House of Intel Committee `Satisfied `With Justice Department Compliance

By Earnes Jones, The Goldwater · 03-18-2017
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The House Intelligence Committee chairman made a statement on Friday saying that his panel is satisfied with the information the Justice Department gave regarding President Trump's claim that he and his aides were wiretapped by President Obama.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said in a statement that the Committee is satisfied that the Department of Justice has fully complied with the request of the House Intelligence Committee.

In its 8th March letter, the House Intelligence Committee had requested for information on possible surveillance on Donald Trump.

The Senate and House intelligence panels had given the Justice Department until Monday to turn over information about Trump's allegation that former President Obama had ordered surveillance of his 2016 election campaign.

However, it wasn't clear what information was turned over to the committees.

Nevertheless, Nunes told CNN's Manu Raju that he did not believe it would back up Trump's wiretapping accusation.

According to Nunes, the committee is still waiting for information from the FBI and CIA.

The information from the CIA and FBI is necessary in determining whether information collected on U.S. persons was mishandled and leaked.

He also said that the National Security Agency has partially met the request. However, he said that the agency is expected to fully comply by the end of next week.

President Trump made a tweet on the 4th of March accusing Obama of having his wires tapped in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Mr. Trump has defended his claim even as lawmakers in both parties say that they have not seen evidence to support his allegation.

The White House press secretary Sean Spicer has sought to clarify the claim. He said that Trump had put the wiretapping accusation in quotes and was more roughly referring to surveillance activities by the Obama administration.

The White House spokesman said that Trump stands by his initial tweets on the subject.

President Trump made a joke on Friday about the wiretapping claim during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He said that him and the Chancellor have one thing in common. He was referring to Merkel’s phone call being bugged by Obama.

There are plans underway to see the House Intelligence Committee hold an open hearing on Russian interference in the election on Monday.

It’s obvious that questions on Trump’s claims will be raised. It will be an opportunity for Lawmakers to press FBI Director James Comey on the matter.

SOURCE: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/324599-house-intel-chairman-applauds-doj-for-turning-over-wiretap

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