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Spicer says Trump won’t withdraw wiretap claim after Comey comments

Now that members of Congress, British intelligence officials, and the FBI director have all publicly denied that former President Obama tapped President Trump’s phones during the election season, will Trump withdraw the claim?

“No,” White House Press Secretary told inquiring reporters on Monday.

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Near the beginning of a House Intelligence Commitee hearing Monday, FBI Director James Comey said he had no information to substantiate Trump’s repeated assertions that Obama tapped his phones.

When asked whether President Obama could unilaterally order a wiretap of an individual, Comey responded, “no president could.”

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But Spicer said during a midday press briefing that the hearings are just getting underway and seemed to suggest that more information could emerge.

“We started a hearing, it’s still ongoing, as Chairman [Devin] Nunes mentioned, this is one in a series of hearings that will be happening,” Spicer said. “There’s a lot of things that aren’t being covered in this hearing that I think are interesting.”

Earlier, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said there was no wiretap of Trump Tower. But he said that other forms of surveillance of Trump and his associates have not been ruled out.

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Spicer has said that when Trump tweeted that Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower, he was talking about “broad surveillance” and not specifically about wiretaps.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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