The House Intelligence Committee is asking the Trump administration to share any proof it may have to support President Trump’s claim last weekend that his predecessor wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.
The committee’s chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., made the request in a letter, an unnamed source told the Associated Press.
As recently as Friday, Schiff said he had not seen any proof to support Trump’s assertion, even after a participating in a classified meeting with FBI Director James Comey.
“I haven’t seen any evidence whatsoever to substantiate that,” Ranking Member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told CNN.
Comey has been asked to testify in front of the intelligence committee later this month about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Schiff said Comey is “prepared” to answer any question about Obama spying on Trump. The FBI director has yet to make any public statements about Trump’s claim.
“I don’t see any reason why he can’t answer it. He may even welcome the opportunity,” Schiff said.
Comey met with both congressional leaders with top security clearances, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif.; and Schiff. On the Senate side he met with Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C.; ranking member Mark Warner, D-Va.; Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C.; and ranking member Mark Warner, D-Va.
Before the meetings Thursday, McConnell also said he had “no evidence” that any U.S. government intelligence agency wiretapped Trump Tower during last year’s campaign.
It is widely believed that the president’s Saturday tweets about wiretapping were a reaction to a Breitbart story, which explored conservative radio host Mark Levin’s claim about “police tactics” the Obama administration used to undermine Trump’s campaign. The article discussed reports about the Obama administration applying for a FISA court warrant to tap Trump Tower in New York City to investigate suspected links to a Russian bank.