Trump bogged down by Obama wiretapping claims

  • Trump bogged down by Obama wiretapping claims

Trump bogged down by Obama wiretapping claims

Stone communicated through Twitter direct messages with Guccifer 2.0, a hacker who has claimed responsibility for breaching the Democratic National Committee.

'President Obama wouldn't physically go over and wiretap Trump Tower, so now you have to decide. are you going to take the tweets literally, and if you are, then clearly the president was wrong, ' he told reporters.

Yet Mr. Comey is so certain that Mr. Trump's accusation is false that he asked the Justice Department to issue a statement refuting it.

Spicer all but screamed at Jonathan Karl, ABC News' chief White House correspondent, demanding, "Where was your passion and where was your concern when they all said that there was no connection to Russian Federation?"

But he said the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was reluctant to let the House Intelligence Committee have access to its high-tech materials that could establish whether Trump was right.

It will further fuel investigations into possible Trump campaign ties with Russian Federation - because his credibility will be so far underwater that it touches seaweed on the ocean floor.

Spicer said the committees had made their statements without any input from the Justice Department.

It's not if they're treating us differently than another committee.

"They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored", a spokesperson said.

In the latest twist it has been revealed that former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was sacked last month by Mr Trump for lying about his connections to the Russian ambassador, was paid more than $33,750 (£27,300) by Russia's state-run broadcaster for giving a speech during the election campaign.

"I think the president has been very clear when he talked about this", Spicer told reporters.

The leaders of the US Senate Intelligence Committee issued a bipartisan statement on Thursday (March 16) rejecting President Donald Trump's assertion that the Obama administration tapped his phones during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election?" he said in another tweet.

The Russian government has rejected an accusation by U.S. intelligence agencies that it worked to influence the election in Mr Trump's favour by hacking computer systems, among other methods.

James Clapper, the longtime director of national intelligence under Obama, has said Trump's home and office were not wiretapped before the presidential election previous year.

If that had occurred, he said, he would "absolutely" have been told that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had sought and received a court-ordered warrant to tap under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

The accusations - flatly denied by Obama - were at first seen as frivolous, spur-of-the-moment comments after a politically bruising week, which Trump and his team could later retreat from without much damage.