More time needed for White House's wiretapping investigation

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That was the explanation White House press secretary Sean Spicer gave as the White House stepped back on the unsubstantiated claim that former USA president Barack Obama bugged Trump Tower during the election run-up.

White House press spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday attempted to clarify what his boss had meant when he tweeted "Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory". Trump provided no evidence for his claim.

FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify publicly before the committee Monday and will be questioned about Trump's wiretap claims in addition to whether the FBI had any information regarding members of the Trump team meeting with Russian government officials during the presidential election, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Devin Nunes and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, both of California, said they're still waiting for evidence from the Justice Department backing up that claim.

US President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama walk out of the East front prior to Obama's departure from the 2017 Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USç January 20, 2017.

Trump's critics have slammed the president for making the explosive wiretapping claim on his Twitter account without evidence. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"

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"What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately", including "microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera", Conway told New Jersey's The Record newspaper in an interview Sunday. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.) to investigating Trump's allegations, though did not provide any evidence to support them.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, had previously called for Trump to either prove his claim or drop the accusation. "We know this is a fact of modern life".

Speaking to press on Monday, Spicer said Trump doesn't believe it was Obama who "tapped 'trump's phone personally" but that the previous administration engaged in "surveillance and other activities".

President Donald Trump tweeted about being wiretapped.

Some lawmakers have raised concerns about the contacts between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, but Trump has called any suggestion of ties a politically-charged witch hunt. He added, however, that he thought it was "very possible" that Trump or someone else in the White House may have been swept up in surveillance targeting foreign nationals on USA soil.