Intel senators: No indication Trump Tower was surveilled

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A classified report from the US Justice Department reportedly does not confirm President Donald Trump's accusations that President Barack Obama ordered a spying operation against him during the 2016 election, CNN reported, citing two government officials familiar with the DOJ document.

"The Department of Justice has complied with the request from leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Judiciary Committees seeking information related to surveillance during the 2016 election", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Friday.

Speaking at the daily press briefing Thursday, Spicer maintained that Trump would be "vindicated" after new evidence came to light, echoing claims made by Trump in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday.

U.S. Republican congressional leaders have refused Democrats' calls for a special prosecutor or select committee to investigate possible links between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, saying investigations by congressional committees are sufficient.

Yet the White House still has not backed down from Trump's original claims - nor has it offered any evidence to support them.

On Monday, the House panel sent the Justice Department a letter asking for copies of any court orders related to Trump or his associates which might have been issued a year ago under an electronic surveillance law or a wide-ranging anti-crime statute.

In a remarkably combative exchange with reporters, Mr Spicer was asked whether Mr Trump still believes his claim.

Nunes, who was on Trump's transition team, said that if you take his tweets literally, then "clearly the president was wrong".

Stone said he was unaware at the time that US officials believed the hacker had ties to Russian Federation.

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"There is no question that there were surveillance techniques used throughout this", Spicer said.

The leaders say FBI Director James Comey and the head of the National Security Agency will testify at a public hearing on March 20.

Nunes says he doesn't believe there was "an actual tap of Trump Tower" in NY.

HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE - Committee Democrats tried to force the committee to ask the Department of Justice to produce records of its investigation into whether Trump or his campaign had ties to Russian Federation, but panel Republicans blocked the effort.

On Tuesday, Spicer said the president was "extremely confident" the Justice Department would provide evidence vindicating him. Asked Wednesday if he had ever briefed Trump on the investigation or given the president any reason to believe he had been wiretapped by the Obama administration, Sessions said, "The answer is no".

The Russian government has rejected an accusation by United States intelligence agencies that it worked to influence the election in Mr Trump's favour by hacking computer systems, among other methods.

In a rare public statement, Britain's GCHQ, Britain's Government Communications Headquarters, the equivalent of the US National Security Agency which monitors overseas electronic communications, said the claims were "nonsense" and should be ignored.

An official familiar with the investigations by Congress and intelligence and law enforcement agencies said investigators had looked as aggressively and thoroughly as they could for evidence of any spying on Mr Trump or his associates but had found none.

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