- No evidence whatsoever present in report to support Trumps allegations;
- US NSA to complete its report over the weekend;
- US Senate and Intelligence Committee agrees to no evidence;
- Senators schedule hearings of Russia’s election interference March 30;
The classified report delivered by the Justice Department to the House and Senate investigators does not prove President Donald Trump’s allegations that ex-President Barack Obama wiretapped him during presidential campaign, tow government officials on Friday noted.
The officials who spoke on condition of anonymity hinted as they are privy of contents of the classified report.
While making his way to read the DOJ’s report in a room, House Intelligence Chaiman Devin Nunes said: “I don’t think so”, told reporters when he was asked if the DOJ’s report would confirm Trump’s allegations as uncorroborated in whole.
Top member Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat of California, noted that he was “absolutely confident” that the DOJ’s classified document would not substantiate Trump’s wiretapping allegations.
“There’s really no question about this. The president’s statements before, and his tweets since leading right up today, have no basis in fact,” Schiff told the press.
Although the Department of Justice refrained from commenting about the findings of the report, a spokeswoman confirm that the report had been delivered.
“The Department of Justice has complied with the request from leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Judiciary Committees seeking information related to surveillance during the 2016 election,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Friday.
On Monday, the House Committee has scheduled a hearing with National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Director of FBI, James Comey. Also, the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday announced plans to begin hearing on Russia’s meddling into the US election on March 30.
Chairman of the Intelligence Committee Nunes on Friday evening noted that the report has been submitted by the DOJ and some of information it requested from the NSA. He noted that by next week full report of the latter would be received.
Nevertheless, he added, “the committee still has not received information requested from the CIA and FBI in our March 15 letter that is necessary to determine whether information collected on US persons was mishandled and leaked.”
Meanwhile, before the DOJ’s reported was received both Nunes and Schiff clearly stated that Trump Tower was clearly not wiretapped. Still, Nunes is widely open that communication between Trump’s aides and others were raked up in “incidental” collection.
“We need to figure out what happened here, there’s a lot of unanswered question. I just don’t want anybody jumping to any conclusion on any side of this, other than the fact that we know that Obama didn’t physically wiretap Trump Tower,” Nunes told CNN Friday. “But everything else is still … there’s a lot of unknowns.”
More so, combined leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee have stated Trump’s Tower was not surveilled neither did it occur during and/or after the 2016 election.
Furthermore, Republican Rep. Will Hurd in a televised interview Friday evening said though he had not yet read the DOJ’s report, he believes “it’s been pretty clear that there’s no evidence to suggest” Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped.
Even as the US Intelligence agencies and parastatal are on deck to dish investigate and unravel this misery without any proof whatsoever to corroborate Trump’s allegations against President Obama, Trump in a press conference with German Chancellor Angella Merkel again repeated the claim.
“At least we have something in common, perhaps,” Trump said on Friday, motioning to Merkel, a reference to how the US National Security Agency had tapped the German Chancellor’s phone in the past.