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CNN: DOJ Data Don't Back Trump's Wiretap Claims

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By    |   Friday, 17 Mar 2017 11:09 PM

The classified information the Justice Department provided to congressional investigators on Friday does not confirm President Donald Trump's claims that he was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama during the campaign last year, two government officials told CNN.

"The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, spoke with knowledge of the classified report's contents," CNN reports.

Heading into a room on Capitol Hill to read the information, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said "I don't think so" when CNN asked whether the data would back up Trump's allegations.

In addition, California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee, told CNN that he was "absolutely confident" that the Justice Department's information would not support the accusations.

"There's really no question about this," he told the cable network earlier Friday. "The president's statements before, and his tweets since leading right up today, have no basis in fact."

The Justice Department declined to comment on the contents of the classified information, though a spokeswoman said that it had been delivered to Congress.

Earlier this week, the agency asked for an extension to hand over the data to Monday.

Nunes said in a statement Friday that his committee was "satisfied" with the information Justice had submitted.

Trump doubled down Friday on the wiretap claim, even after the British government debunked a Fox News report that Obama had enlisted its intelligence agency in the effort.

FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify before the House panel on Monday regarding Russian-related activities during the election between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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The classified information the Justice Department provided to congressional investigators on Friday does not confirm President Donald Trump's claims that he was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama during the campaign last year, two government officials told CNN.
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