In the starkest denial of Donald Trump's allegations yet that the Trump Tower had been hacked by the Obama administration, the GOP's Chair of the House Intelligence Panel, Devin Nunes, confirmed what he 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.
It is not the first time Nunes has stated that there is no evidence to suggest Trump was wiretapped. However, today for the first time he took a formal position, in effect accusing Trump of fabricating his allegation, saying that "in fact, I don't believe just in the last week of time, the people we've talked to, I don't think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower."
Nunes' Democrat peer on the panel had similar thoughts:"There isn't going to be any evidence about this, because, frankly, if there were, I would know it by now." Schiff added that Trump can't keep crying wolf since it "undermines his credibility, it makes it that much more difficult for the country to believe him when" he makes real allegations.
Additionally, also today Jeff Sessions said he did not give Trump a reason to believe he was being wiretapped.
While previously FBI Director James Comey urged the DOJ to refute Trump's statement because of a lack of evidence, the agency has not done so. The DOJ was expected to turn over to the House Intelligence Committee any information backing up Trump's claim by Monday, however it has since requested for more time.
Meanwhile 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.