The leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday flatly refuted President Trump’s claims that his New York offices were wiretapped by the Obama administration in advance of the November election.
…The rebuke comes a day after the House Intelligence Committee offered a similar assessment, leaving the White House virtually alone in asserting the surveillance claim.
The unusually strong, bipartisan statement left little room for the White House to continue its defense of Trump’s extraordinary allegations that implied that former president Barack Obama engaged in a possible criminal act.
…The FBI director had encouraged Justice officials to publicly discredit Trump’s claims shortly after they were issued March 4. Justice did not act on the request. But former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has publicly denied that such surveillance ever occurred.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also threw cold water on Trump’s theory, telling reporters Thursday: “We’ve cleared that up; we’ve seen no evidence of that.”