US Justice Department sends papers on wiretap claim to Congress

Asked about the House Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump once again expressed confidence that the bill will pass "pretty quickly".

On March 4, Trump set off a furor when he tweeted that president Barack Obama had put a wiretap on communications at Trump Tower, the NY home of the president and first family, before the November 8 election.

During the press conference on Friday, March 17 with visiting Germany Prime Minister Angela Merkel, Trump was asked by a German reporter about this accusation.

To justify how great things are now that he's been president for "like 50 days", Trump referred to "the numbers coming out", which we can assume are the jobs numbers that he bragged about last week on Twitter.

The Senate Intelligence Committee had said on Thursday it had found no evidence Trump Tower had been under surveillance in 2016, contrary to Trump's previous claims.

"We said nothing. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television". "[Obama] didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the Central Intelligence Agency, he didn't use the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and he didn't use the Department of Justice".

On Friday, the U.S. Justice Department said it had responded to a request by committees in Congress for documents that could shed light on Trump's claim. In the interview on Friday, Mr. Johnson acknowledged his notoriety, but said that his knowledge of surveillance of Mr. Trump came from sources in the American intelligence community.

The official said there was "at least two calls" from British officials on Thursday and that the British ambassador to the United States called Spicer to discuss the comment. "He was very clear when he talked about it yesterday". Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, confirmed that they gave Comey until this past Wednesday to inform the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism about whether the FBI is investigating President Trump's wiretapping claim about Obama.

Just to review, earlier this week Napolitano said, citing three sources, that British intel agency GCHQ surveilled Trump on behalf of Barack Obama.

However, Trump's four tweets clearly stipulated "wiretapping" happened as a matter of "fact" and was ordered by "Obama" himself, even saying "How low can he get?"

"This shows the administration doesn't give the allegations any credence", the Downing Street spokesman said.

Dominic Grieve, chairman of the British Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, said a US president can not task the GCHQ to intercept an individual's communications.

Speaking to Fox News, he said "wiretap covers a lot of different things" but seemed to be remaining confident that his claims would be proven right. Graham said that if Comey doesn't provide the information, his subcommittee in the Senate would issue subpoenas.

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