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President stands by Obama wiretap claim

US President Donald Trump stands by his accusation that the Barack Obama administration tapped his phones during the 2016 presidential campaign, the White House said yesterday, despite three senior lawmakers rejecting Trump’s claim.
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said in a statement they saw “no indications” of surveillance at Trump Tower in New York as the president claimed in Twitter posts on March 4.
“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,” Republican Chairman Richard Burr and Senator Mark Warner, the committee’s Democratic vice-chairman, said in a statement.
The top Republican in Congress, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, added his voice to those saying there was no sign of a wiretap. But White House spokesman Sean Spicer forcefully defended Trump’s assertion during a briefing, citing media reports that have discussed intelligence collection on possible contacts between Trump associates and Russia in the campaign.
“There is no question that there were surveillance techniques used throughout this,” Spicer said.
When pressed for further evidence, Spicer chastised the media for focusing so much attention on comments disparaging Trump’s claim about surveillance.                                                                                
— Reuters
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