WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Intelligence Committee leaders on Thursday released a joint statement in which they said they have no reason to believe that President Donald Trump’s claims of wiretapping are true.
The statement, which was released on Thursday, reads as follows:
“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.”
The statement, signed by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Virginia, was issued in response to allegations by president Donald Trump that offices at Trump Tower New York were wiretapped on orders of the DNC.
The statement comes just hours after House Speaker Paul Ryan said “no such wiretap existed.”
On March 4, Trump accused his predecessor, former President Barack Obama of “wiretapping” his residence and business location in New York City in an attempt to obtain information he could use to discredit Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, an allegation that Barack Obama publicly denied. This week president Trump attempted to clarify those remarks.
“When I say wiretapping, those words were in quotes,” Trump told Fox News Wednesday. “That really covers — because wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff — but that really covers surveillance and many other things. And nobody ever talks about the fact that it was in quotes, but that’s a very important thing.”