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Rep. Schiff: Comey to Debunk Trump's Wiretap Claims at Monday's Hearing

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By Todd Beamon   |   Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 05:43 PM

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Thursday that he expected that FBI Director James Comey would refute President Donald Trump's claim of wiretapping by the Obama administration during a public hearing on Monday.

"I think the director will have an opportunity to put the final exclamation point on that and put this to rest," Schiff told reporters at the Capitol. "Then it will be up to the president to explain why he would make such a baseless accusation."

Schiff's comments, reported by The Hill, came as the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said that no surveillance occurred at Trump Tower during last year's presidential election.

Comey is expected to testify before the House panel on Monday with National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers to discuss Russian-related hacking during the election.

Trump said March 4 on Twitter that former President Barack Obama "had my wires tapped" without providing evidence — and the former president's representatives have denied such a claim.

President Trump has been under intense pressure to produce the data, telling Tucker Carlson on Fox News Wednesday that a "wiretap covers a lot of different things.

"I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks."

White House spokesman Sean Spicer doubled down Thursday on Trump's position, telling reporters at his daily briefing that "he stands by it.

"They have yet to go through the information," he said regarding the statement from the House panel.

"The bottom line is that the investigation by the House and Senate has not been provided all the information," Spicer said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, also of California, also urged Comey to speak to Trump's accusations at the hearing.

"Monday, the president's comments should be rejected by the director," the Democrat told the Hill. "I would hope that the Department of Justice would have done something already, but one might assume . . . that that question might be asked of the director. It should come as no surprise to him, but he should answer it directly."

The Justice Department has asked lawmakers for more time to present evidence regarding Trump's claims.

In addition, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate intelligence panel, said that Comey should discuss the wiretap matter next week.

"While I appreciate the House and Senate Intelligence committees' chairmen and ranking members putting out bipartisan statements indicating they have seen no evidence of surveillance of Trump Tower by the Obama administration," he said Thursday. 

"I strongly believe that these statements by political leaders should not be a substitute for a public response from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice on this matter."

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California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Thursday that he expected that FBI Director James Comey would refute President Donald Trump's claim of wiretapping by the Obama administration during a public hearing on Monday.
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