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White House holds strong on wiretapping allegation despite pushback (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa @, Friday, March 17, 2017, 08:16

The big story: The top Democrat and top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a joint statement Thursday saying they've seen no evidence to back up the president’s claim that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. “We’ve seen no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government” during the campaign or transition. Speaker Paul Ryan agreed saying "no such wiretap existed." But the White House hasn’t backed down from its claim, as was apparent in an extraordinary, lengthy back-and-forth between ABC’s Jonathan Karl and press secretary Sean Spicer during Thursday’s briefing. Asked if he thinks the president will be vindicated on his unsubstantiated wiretapping accusations, Spicer said he “believes he will.” Trump himself hinted this week that the public would "find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks” in regard to his claims. But without any evidence or proof yet, nearly two weeks since the president made the claim in an extraordinary series of tweets, he has a credibility problem on the issue. FBI Director James Comey is slated to testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, and there’s no doubt he will be asked about the president’s claims

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