White House calls on Congress to probe Trump's wiretap allegation

07 March, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Courtney Perry

MSNBC's chief legal correspondent, Ari Melber, replied on Twitter that while former officials "aren't supposed to confirm a FISA warrant anyway", it is "true" that Obama's spokesman only said the former president was not involved - not that there were no wiretaps at all. "A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice", he said.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Mr. Trump wants lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committees to look into "pervasive leaks of national security classified information".

"This may come as a surprise to the current occupant of the Oval Office, but the president of the United States does not have the authority to unilaterally order the wiretapping of an American citizen", Earnest said. "And so that's what we're asking", Sanders said on Sunday.

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"He is at a much higher classification than I am so he may have classification to documents that I don't know about". And that it is likely that Kislyak's calls to other Trump aides, perhaps even located in Trump Tower, were monitored.

November 7, 2016: The website Heat Street posted a piece by former Conservative British politician, Louise Mensch, stating that "two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed" that the Federal Bureau of Investigation twice sought warrants to "examine activities of "U.S. persons" in Trump's campaign with ties to Russian Federation".

Top Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway also defended the business mogul's unsourced allegations and insinuated that he may have additional information.

Separately, an IN newspaper reported that Vice President Mike Pence used personal email to conduct state business when he was governor of Indiana.

The issue dogged Mrs Clinton for most of the presidential campaign.

Democrats, meanwhile, are demanding that the DoJ name a special prosecutor to investigate alleged ties between Trump campaign aides and Russian Federation. "The risk is that there'll be a day of reckoning - perhaps after documents are subpoenaed and testimony demanded - when a Republican Congress embarrasses the White House by saying the president was flat wrong when he accused his predecessor of a crime", wrote Axios.

On NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday morning, James Clapper, who served as the director of national intelligence under Obama, said that to his knowledge there was no wiretapping on then-candidate Trump or his campaign.

George Stephanopoulos' "Good Morning America" interview with White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday is an instant milestone in the hostile relationship between the Trump administration and the media.

The FBI, the House and the Senate are all investigating Russian attempts to influence the US election.

At the same time, reporters face pressure from Trump opponents who give no quarter, as witnessed by last week's backlash against television analysts who suggested Trump gave an effective speech before Congress.

Mr Trump said in the tweets that he had "just found out" about being wiretapped.


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