Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

GOP Congressman: Trump Should Apologize To Obama, Britain For Wiretapping Claim

GOP Congressman: Trump Should Apologize To Obama, Britain For Wiretapping Claim

"I think so", Hurd responded.

Trump, without evidence, on March 4 accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower before the November election.

In response to Trump's claim, Fox News issued its own statement saying that there was "no evidence" that Obama wiretapped Trump.

Mr Comey told the US House Intelligence Committee: "This work is very complex, and there is no way for me to give you a timetable for when it will be done".

Trump reiterated those claims when he spoke in front of the media during his meeting with Angela Merkel, and though the British government already debunked those claims, Trump didn't offer an apology for making baseless claims. "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".

"I don't think there's any evidence at all to substantiate that and I would not be surprised if Director Comey, today, basically says as much", Panetta said Monday.

"He only said it because he heard it on television is barely an acceptable excuse for why your parrot said a racial slur".

Mr Trump took to Twitter before the hearing began, accusing Democrats of making up allegations about his campaign associates' contact with Russian Federation during the election.

Panetta later told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" that he agrees with President Donald Trump that the nation's defense system needs strengthened, but the budget system that led to weakness is the fault of both parties.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says he hopes FBI Director James Comey will put questions about whether Trump Tower was wiretapped by President Barack Obama "permanently to rest".

Nunes says he hopes the committee's hearings will result in a "definitive report" on Russia's involvement in the presidential election.

Still, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump would not back off the claim. "No".

It was more of the same from the National Security Agency. "It's an insane accusation for a president to accuse another president of, and also anyone who knows Barack Obama just knows he wouldn't do that".

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, for example, said last week she didn't have facts to prove the allegations but that the House Intelligence Committee was investigating the charge.

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