Less than two weeks after Donald Trump claimed on Twitter that then-President Barack Obama had his "wires tapped" at Trump Tower last year, Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said they've seen no evidence supporting this claim.
GOP Rep. Devin Nunes and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said they're still waiting for evidence from the Justice Department backing up that claim. Schiff said he and Nunes are willing to take steps to compel the department to comply with their request if it refuses by the March 20 deadline they've given the Justice Department.
Nunes said he doesn't believe there was "an actual tap of Trump Tower" in New York.
This week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer walked back the president's claims, saying he didn't actually mean wire tapping when he referred to wire tapping in the tweet. "The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities," Spicer said.
According to Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee is tussling with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence over whether the committee will be allowed to have the computer technology needed to go through CIA evidence about Russia's interference in the election.
The committee leaders also said FBI Director James Comey and the head of the National Security Agency will testify at a public hearing March 20.
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