GOP Intel Chair: Don't Take President Trump's Wiretapping Tweets Literally

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Shortly after Trump issued his wiretap claims in a series of tweets, Comey asked that Justice officials refute the president's allegations.

Well, on Wednesday, Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes revealed that the committee hasn't seen ANY evidence which would support Drumpf's outlandish claims. Adam Schiff, rebuked the president for his tweets.

"Are you going to take the tweets literally?" Instead, the Justice Department requested on Monday more time to turn over evidence relating to Trump's claim to the House Intelligence Committee, which initially set a Monday deadline for that. The FBI is also investigating. It's not wiretapping, and it's not Obama-so Trump was right again.

The comments are Trump's first on the matter since making the stunning allegations in a string of tweets earlier this month.

Nunes and Schiff say they are now waiting for evidence from the Justice Department to back up the president's statement.

"Um, look, um, answer's no", he said. He said, "One, the incident of a collection of Americans that were possibly tied to the Trump campaign that could have been leaked similar to General Flynn and secondly, the unmasking of Americans' names, potentially for political purposes".

"The Congress needs to know what it's doing", Graham said on MSNBC.

The House intelligence committee will begin holding public hearings on Monday.

Comey and Admiral Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, have agreed to testify before the House committee on issues related to Russia's role in the election.

Ahead of the hearing, the committee sent a letter to the FBI, CIA and the National Security Agency requesting details by Friday about Americans who surfaced in intelligence collections a year ago.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation conducted cyber attacks on Democrats in an effort to influence the 2016 USA election on Trump's behalf. "Several crimes have been committed here".

Mr. Nunes said he's seen no evidence of that, while Mr. Schiff said he wouldn't make that categorical denial, but declined to give more information at this point in the investigation.

Flynn resigned February 13 after revelations that he didn't disclose that he had discussed sanctions against Russian Federation with the country's ambassador to the US before Trump took office.

A number of high-level officials have pushed back against those claims despite the White House's insistence that evidence of such wiretapping exists.

Both Obama, through a spokesman, and his director of national intelligence James Clapper have denied ordering any wiretapping operation targeted at Trump.