Senators seek evidence to support Trump's wiretapping claim

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Here's what I do know: that there are leaks within this government, and theses leaks are what's causing this story and what's causing this speculation.

In a flurry of tweets Saturday morning, Trump said he had "just found out" about being wiretapped and pointed the finger at Obama.

But Spicer stood firm Tuesday, saying the president would not withdraw his tweets before the issue is adjudicated and has no regrets about making the claims.

"Jim Comey is an honorable guy", he said.

"There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign", the former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said in a March 5 interview with NBC.

"I think if the president has information on something like that, I imagine that he'll be forthcoming", Rubio said. Without collusion, if "Trump is right he was indeed wiretapped, it will only fuel his argument that Obama administration officials improperly eavesdropped on his offices", Ruddy asserts.

The committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, told a hometown ABC affiliate that there was no proof of the wiretapping "at this point", and said Trump would have "had more of an impact" if he "worded it a little bit differently". "Because this, ladies and gentlemen, is the big scandal", Levin insisted. He provided no evidence to back up the claim.

The two senators added in their letter that, if Trump's claim is true, they would "take any abuse of wiretapping authorities for political purposes very seriously".

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Hope Hicks is a spokeswoman for President Trump.

"I have never heard that allegation made before by anybody", said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. The FBI also declined to comment.

As the Trump administration continues to be bedevilled by a drip-drip of revelations about ties to Russian officials during and after last year's election, the president has seemingly settled on the identity of the malevolent figure behind the turmoil.

"The president wants the truth to come out to the American people through the House Intelligence Committee and that is the process we go through", she said.

Sanders then criticized the media for being "extremely dismissive" of the reports.

"President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any United States citizen", Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said in a one-line statement.

The president's wiretap allegations are now likely to be included in congressional investigations of possible Russian interference in the presidential campaign.

Graham and Whitehouse have both been critical of the Trump team's alleged ties to Russian Federation, and have pledged to run an investigation of their own from their perch on the judiciary committee panel.