House intelligence chiefs: we have seen no evidence for Trump's wiretap claim

She did not give any evidence on the allegation but only said that she was speaking from a general angle about surveillance.

Trump caused a stir earlier this month when he claimed on Twitter that he had just learned that Obama tapped the phones in Trump Tower.

Undeterred, Trump later hinted to Fox News' Tucker Carlson there was still something incriminating not yet made public.

Ahead of the hearing, the committee sent a letter to the FBI, CIA and the National Security Agency requesting details by Friday about Americans who surfaced in intelligence collections previous year.

FBI Director James Comey is preparing to testify at a further hearing, but since Comey already asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump's accusations, there's no mystery on what stance he shall take. "It deeply concerns me that the President would make such an accusation without basis", he said.

Sean Spicer invents another version of the truth. Nunes went on to lay out the plan for if people were to not take Trump's tweets literally.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017 Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election?

Snow outside Trump Tower, New York this morning.

"If the White House or the president want to come out and clarify his statements more, it would probably, probably be helpful", Nunes said.

But Trump's White House is standing by its demand for a congressional investigation into the allegations. He suggested the US president's assertion, made in a series of March 4 tweets, should not be taken at face value.

Trump administration officials have struggled to explain the claims.

Two senators, Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) sent a letter to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, requesting "copies of any warrant applications and court orders... related to wiretaps of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower".

Schiff said the three men will all be available and committed to the March 20 deadline, and the following week there will be testimony from them and as much time as necessary for the committee to ask its questions. The claim, presented without evidence, was met with immediate skepticism from lawmakers questioning what the Republican meant. Trump, it seems, has yet to grasp the fact that, as president, his words carry greater meaning.

  • Annette Adams