In testifying before the House Intelligence Committee Monday, FBI Director James Comey said there is no evidence to support President Trump’s claim that Trump Tower was “wiretapped.”
When asked whether former President Obama would have ordered the wiretap, Comey said no president would have authority to order such a wiretap.
“With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets,” Comey stated.
“And we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components: the department has no information that supports those tweets,” he said.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) did not rule out the possibility that other surveillance may have been used against Trump, however.
“We know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower,” Nunes said in his opening statement. “However, it’s still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates.”
In his opening statement, Comey stated, “I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI is investigating Russia’s interference in the US election, which includes whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russian efforts. This will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed. I cannot say more about whose conduct we are investigating.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) drilled home on the leaks about the FISA warrants, and Comey confirmed that the “unauthorized dissemination” of information about the existence of a FISA warrant was a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison.
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