Donald Trump has been informed by a bipartisan group from the House Intelligence Committee that he has until Monday to provide proof that the former President, Barack Obama, wiretapped him in Trump Tower in the weeks leading up to the election.
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Trump, who has been adamant about this controversial issue, tweeted last week, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
There has been no factual evidence provided by Trump. Obama’s director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has refuted the allegations of wiretapping.
Earlier this week, Trump asked Congress to investigate the wiretapping controversy. Rep Adam Schiff spoke for the committee stating they would look into the claims.
It has also been stated that Trump plans to ask FBI Director James Comey later in the month when he is scheduled to be at the White House to investigate the allegations of Russian ties with various members of Trump’s administration.
Trump’s cabinet members have stood by the president’s wiretapping claim. In a recent address to the press, White House spokesman Sean Spicer was asked about the possibility of an investigation into the president for possible misconduct.
“There is no reason that we have to think that the president is the target of any investigation whatsoever,” Spicer said.
Critics of Trump have put forth the notion that he is trying to deflect he and his party’s ties with Russia. While others simply argue that Trump has always been determined to undermine Obama as was evident when Trump for years questioned Obama’s United States citizenship, something Trump denied last year.
Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic member of both the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, told CNN she has not found any evidence to support Trump’s claims of wiretapping. “It’s all rather shocking to me that a sitting president would make this kind of an allegation about a former president without any proof whatsoever,” she said. “I believe it’s patently false.”
Democrats, who are outnumbered in Congress, have asked for an outside investigation to take place, a request that has since been denied.
Other lawmakers and government representatives want to see evidence of the wiretapping, but it’s clear they’re not expecting much in the way of proof.