Senators dismiss wiretap claims, but Trump stands by them

Senate Intelligence Committee leaders said in a joint statement Thursday that there were “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.” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also confirmed — “at least so far with respect to our intelligence community — that no such tap existed.” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, however, said Trump “stands by” the allegation, which Trump made in a tweet nearly two weeks ago without offering any evidence. Spicer pointed to a claim by a Fox News commentator, former judge Andrew Napolitano, that Obama used British intelligence and security agency GCHQ instead of U.S. intelligence agencies, a charge GCHQ called “utterly ridiculous.”

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