Senate Intel Joins The House: "No Indications Trump Tower Was Wiretapped"

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Yesterday it was the Republican head of the House Intelligence committee, Devin Nunes, who repeated what he first said last week, namely that his panel has still not received any evidence that President Trump was wiretapped during the election campaign. "As I told you last week about the issue with the president talking about tapping Trump Tower, that evidence still remains the same, that we don't have any evidence that that took place." Nunes told reporters.

Today, it was the Senate's turn, when the heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican senator from North Carolina Richard Burr, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, jointly said they had not seen evidence that the Obama administration “wiretapped” Trump Tower, according to a brief statement issued Thursday.

“Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016,” Burr said, providing no other details.

Burr is the latest Republican to contradict President Trump’s explosive claims that he was surveilled during the campaign. The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday that no evidence exists for President Trump’s claim that Trump Tower was wiretapped by his predecessor during the 2016 presidential election.

And so with both the House and the Senate denying Trump's claim, it is up to the Justice Department which has been under pressure from both Democrats and Republicans to disclose whether there is any truth to the president's claims.  White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday said Trump is "extremely confident" that the Justice Department will produce evidence to back up his assertion. He said Trump believes the evidence will “vindicate him.”

“I think there’s significant reporting about surveillance techniques that existed throughout the 2016 election,” Spicer said. According to Fox News' Judge Napolitano, three intelligence sources believe that former President Obama veered ‘outside the chain of command’ and employed British surveillance agents to conduct surveillance on Donald Trump’s team prior to the election, according to a legal analyst. Judge Andrew Napolitano revealed on ‘Fox & Friends’ yesterday that the sources spilled the details to him as the controversial case continues to dominate headlines.

Meanwhile, Trump stood by the assertion in an interview this week, telling Fox News that his administration would be submitting evidence of a wiretap or other surveillance by his predecessor to lawmakers “very soon.”

So while we wait for the DOJ to either drop the whole affair or provide the missing link, meanwhile both Burr's and Nunes's committees continue to investigate Russian interference in the U.S. election, including any links between Trump campaign officials and Moscow.

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swamp's picture

No trust in these creeps to find anything in plain sight.
PS. Snoop around in Brittan some.

BaBaBouy's picture

"""No Indications Trump Tower Was Wiretapped"""

Like I Said Dayz Ago, Donaldo, WTF, You Gots No Evidence???

What were you sMOKIN Man ???

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

This is the same committee that is okay with the NSA spying on everyone...

This is the same committee that did nothing about Clapper's perjury...

Rainman's picture

Not to mention Food Stamp Barry wiped his ass with the constitution for 8 straight fucking years.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Rainman Mar 16, 2017 3:29 PM

Who's on that committeee anyway? McCain?

 

#FAIL

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Logan 5 Mar 16, 2017 3:36 PM

Trump knows the Deep State is preparing something against him, that's why he still has rallies and goes tapping the popular support. 

And WE The People STILL WANT #HillaryforPrison:

VIDEO: TRUMP CROWD Chanted “Lock Her Up!” for a Full Minute at TRUMP Nashville Rally!

http://dailywesterner.com/news/2017-03-16/trump-crowd-chanted-lock-her-u...

 

 

#LockHerUp

Erek's picture

Ho hum! So much for senate "intelligence".

Son of Loki's picture

The Intel has the same cred as Meryl Streep or CNN at this point.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Son of Loki Mar 17, 2017 5:45 AM

You mean his Samsung TV isn't spying, or his smart phone?

What about the British intelligence wire taps?

There is a reason congress has a 9% approval rating.

because you fucking LIE.

Winston Churchill's picture

Its the Overseen comittee.

i.m sure the Deep state has pictures of their pizza parties, and more than enough to have every member hanged.

Yog Soggoth's picture

I like it. This just proves that Burr is deep state, and should not be voted for again. Like he never heard of the Micheal Steele allegations, or the rumors that Obama used British intelligence to do it with the information we provided, and we already know that we provide them the information. Carefully worded truths cover for the outright lies.

JamesBond's picture

semantics will hang you

 

jb

swamp's picture

Lady Michelle busted with huge amounts of cocaine.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1ayFV3qQhxA

LyLo's picture

...  I looked way too deep into that rabbit hole.  Let's just say there are some goddamn amazing coincidences going on right there, and I hope someone at ZH with better tinfoil than myself comes up with a rundown for us all soon.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Coast guard is Military. Trump has the backing of the military, and has tasked them to do their job. No special hat needed.

Jim in MN's picture

No-name, generic non-leader Congresscritters with intel/security money dripping out of their panties....and a whooooole lot to lose if they bite the hand that feeds them.

 

NOTHINGTOSEEHEREWEARESURENOONEDIDNOTHINGPLEASEGOAWAYWEAREBUSYBEINGCORRUPTTURDSKTHXBYE

JRobby's picture

As "The Congress" shows it's true colors, the voters await mid-term elections.

But we know this would be the scenario after November 8th, 2016.

These people have taken bribes, been wiretapped and been "captured" in compromising positions. Not to mention the threat of being "heart attacked"

GUS100CORRINA's picture

What a bunch of LIARS!

Drain the SWAMP!! Everyone has their hand in the "wiretapping" cookie jar. Therefore, everyone would be implicated if the assertion is TRUE and it is TRUE.

"Three Days of the Condor" starring Robert Redford

"Enemy of the State" starring Gene Hackman and Will Smith

"The Bourne Identity" starring Matt Damon

Wiretapping is a way of life in the IC. Need I list more?

PirateOfBaltimore's picture

Three Days of the Condor is fucking awesome.  A childhood friend introduced me to it growing up.  Highly recommend.

Darktarra's picture

Does the federal government actually believe that I accept anything that comes out of Washing D.C.?   

HRClinton's picture

Notice the subconscious behavior. They are quick to end the search for evidence that might vindicate the President. But they are slow and relentless in their pursuit to find something - anything - on Trump.

WHO is the Commander In Chief here? Who runs the show, the Administration or Neocons?

Trump, you'd better get off your Apprentice ass and take real charge of this reality show, or you will be the one who hears "You're Fired!"

Dog Will Hunt's picture

Wipe your pussy, swamp.  Cheeto Jesus ain't gonna win every fuckin' battle.  

GoinFawr's picture

+1 for new level of nasty snark. yeech!

Zorba's idea's picture

I see nothing!!! The benefits of third party contracting...very clever

11b40's picture

Really, they have not seen any evidence because none has been presented, other than circumstantial. So, a couple of things.

First, there has been surveillance on someone.  We know that from Flynn's entanglement.  Somethings is very fishy, as we have heard from multiple sources about FISA Warrants - one in July that was denied, and one in October that was approved - but so far no admission from the FBI or Justice.  If those rumors are true, then there is a LOT to explain, and some parts of Trump's campaign were almost certainly under surveillance. This is a very simple question that Justice or FBI could answer yes or no.  Were the warrants applied for?  Were they issued?  Yes/No.  If yes, did Obama know?  I know how I would bet, and they are dancing all around these simple questions very very limited and guarded non-answers.

Second, I hate the constant use of the word "wiretap".  This is a lawyers weasel word allowing for a multitude of other methods to be used if the only question is about "wiretapping".  That is an antiquated concept when your phone or even TV can be used to spy on you, and I think it is being used purposefully by the press and politicians.

Dimwit's picture

Years ago (late 70s) I was in a conversation with a Telephone Engineer who was called out to an Emergency Repair at a Telephone Exchange (U.K.) on a Sunday. (A link to Ireland went down)

It was a 'Listening Post' full of Ferrograph tape recorders,when we got around to talking about it he explained it was America that did the 'listening' and the U.K. reciprocated.

He said that's how the Governments got 'around' Legislation. He said "they spy for us and we do the same for them"

NoDebt's picture

So where did the recordings of the phone calls made out of there come from?  Oh, thnk God, not from our own government intel agencies.  We've absolved ourselves.  That was a close one.  Now let's all drop the subject.

The FISA warrants?  No, no, no.  Nothing like that exists either.

How about this bunch of Brits that also came up with the "dossier"?  Uh oh.... everyone be really quiet and close your eyes.  They won't see us.  Maybe they'll go away.

 

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

Precisely. The operative words are:

"by any element of the United States government"

If the rumors are true about this being done by the Brits, then this statement makes perfect sense.

sister tika's picture

Yep, the British GCHQ was used.

btn's picture

Which recordings calls are you talking about? Can you provide a link?

I only remember the the wire tapping of the Russian Ambassdor's conversations with Flynn.

NoDebt's picture

Where was Flynn when he made that phone call?  Three guesses, your first two don't count.

 

btn's picture

Perhaps you don't understand how surveilance works. 

If the NSA (or anybody else) has surveilance on a Foriegn Agent, such as a RUSSIAN AMBASSDOR, then they listen to BOTH sides of the conversation.

Do you think the US government should only spy on foreigners when they are talking to other foreigners?  If a member of ISIS in Syria was contacting a US Citizen in the United States, is that phone call off limts?

LEO's and spy agencies only need warrants or FISA orders to place surveilance on American citizens talking to other American citizens.

booboo's picture

I think we know plenty how surveillance works, Do you understand how the constitution works?

fourZero's picture

Hair Gropenfuhrer fanbois only care about the constitution when it suits/benefits them.  Otherwise, full-speed ahead with the autocracy.

btn's picture

booboo,

Can you point out the part of the Constitution that prohibits spying on foreigners?

Thanks in advance

 

Yog Soggoth's picture

Invisibility cloak starts at 46. But his overall behaviour could be attributed to others.

Grandma's Boy - The Best of JP - YouTube
CHX13's picture

Well, if the old bummer gave the London boys a jingle, this may all be technically true... 

Lone_Star's picture

I can't wait for the day all of these RINOs get their asses handed to them for turning on their constituents and then their party.

Arnold's picture

They didn't plead the fifth?

centerline's picture

"by any element of the US gov"... key statement... since it is purported that spying was done by offshore agency (British).  Sort of like outsourcing military wetwork to mercs.  Insulation.

NoDebt's picture

I got a feeling when Trump says he's extremely confident he will be vindicated, he will.  No way he digs a hole that deep for himself and then shows up empty-handed.  If he wasn't sure he would have backed off by now.  

Obama hasn't made a PEEP since that infamous tweet.  Nothing.

 

centerline's picture

I hope so.  Not because I am such a fan of Trump.  But rather I would like to see some fireworks.  The DC corruption has reached "in your face" - "bitch slappin'" levels.  Just ripe to turn on itself. 

crossroaddemon's picture

Unless this was all carefully calculated to make him look like a jackass. I'm becoming increasingly convinced that Trump is going to be the fall guy for the next economic crash, and he is a willing participant.

And oh look... he now admits he got his infofrom the fucking press. Too funny. POPCORN!

Kayman's picture

"by any element of the US gov."  Carefully side-stepping the long list of contractors, both foreign and domestic.  No mention of the Dirty Noxious Criminals contracting out friends planted in intelligence.

Nope. Nothing there. Move along.

jamesmmu's picture

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agstacks's picture

“Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance ***by any element of the United States government*** either before or after Election Day 2016,”

 

What about forgein governments?

PirateOfBaltimore's picture

What about the information that has almost certainly not been made available to them?

 

 

Likely that includes correspodence with the GHCQ