FBI Director James Comey told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Monday that he had seen no information supporting President Donald Trump's allegations that former President Barack Obama conducted surveillance on him and Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.
Comey told the committee:
“With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets."
According to reports, Comey asked the Department of Justice to publicly deny Trump's claims after the tweets were published.
The tweets alleged that Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower before the election. Trump also claimed that the wiretapping was on the same level as the Watergate scandal.
Trump has yet to provide any evidence for the claims. Comey told the committee, however, that “no president could unilaterally order a wiretap of anyone.”
In response to Comey's comments, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement:
“President Trump owes the American people and President Obama more than just an explanation, but an apology. He should admit he was wrong, stop the outlandish Tweets, and get to work on behalf of this country.”
Comey's comments followed HPSCI Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes' (R-Calif.) said last week that Trump was “clearly” wrong on the issue. “I don't think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower," he said.