The U.S House Intelligence Committee Chair said his panel has found no evidence to support the assertions that Donald Trump was wiretapped by Obama during the election campaign. They’re now asking key figures including the FBI Director, James Comey, to testify on the issue, before both houses of the Congress. Earlier this month, President Trump accused former president Obama of wiretapping the Trump Tower, claims that were denied by Obama’s spokesman
Meanwhile, President Trump took a road trip across the Midwest with stops in Southeast Michigan and at President Andrew Jackson’s grave site in Nashville, Tennessee.
As Trump announced a rollback of fuel efficiency regulations and talked about tariffs in Ypsilanti, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. David Nunes told a press conference that, if you took the President’s Tweets about wiretapping literally, Trump was wrong.
“President Obama wouldn’t physically go over and wiretap Trump Tower. So now you have to decide, as I mentioned to you last week, are you going to take the tweets literally? And if you are, then clearly the president was wrong,” Nunes told media.
However, Nunes said that he is taking the allegations seriously and currently doing a thorough investigation to get to the bottom of it.
So far, though, there’s no evidence to indicate an investigation was even taking place. Nunes says that both Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers will testify before his committee on March 20th—oddly enough, the same day the Senate will take up the President’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.
High-profile Republicans in the Senate seem to be following the House’s lead, also asking for definitive proof that an investigation into the Trump team’s ties to Russian power players existed.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is leading a Senate committee looking into Russia’s activities during the Presidential election announced today that he, too, would seek Comey and Rogers’s testimony—even threatening to hold up the nomination of Trump’s Deputy Attorney General—unless Comey responded to a series of questions Graham mailed to his office last week.
If Comey doesn’t send back his own love note in the next several days, Graham says he’ll seek a subpoena, and he’s not playing around.
The President, meanwhile, will continue his national tour, likely timing his speeches perfectly to compete with developments in the investigation.