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House Hearing Called 'Worst Day' for Trump

He took 'double blow' from Comey testimony

(Newser) - After FBI Director James Comey both contradicted President Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor and confirmed that the bureau is probing his campaign's links to Moscow, critics including MSNBC's Joe Scarborough called it the "worst day" of the Trump presidency so far. The... More »

Fox Drops Analyst Who Said Brits Helped Wiretap Trump

Andrew Napolitano has been benched, sources say

(Newser) - The Fox legal analyst who claimed that a British intelligence agency helped former President Barack Obama wiretap Trump Tower won't be analyzing anything else for the network in the near future: Insiders tell the AP and the Los Angeles Times that Andrew Napolitano has been "benched" by Fox... More »

Comey Could Throw Water on Trump's Wiretap Claims Today

FBI director will testify before House committee

(Newser) - FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday and there may be some angry tweets from the White House soon afterward: Comey is widely expected to tell lawmakers that there is no evidence to support President Trump's claim that former President Obama had him wiretapped,... More »

White House Not Apologizing to UK for Spying Claim After All

Meanwhile Trump is trying to skirt responsibility for the claim

(Newser) - Not so fast: After reports the White House—specifically Sean Spicer and national security adviser HR McMaster—had apologized to the British government for claiming it helped Barack Obama spy on President Trump, the White House now says no such apology ever took place, CNN reports. "I don't... More »

In Unusual Move, British Spies Respond to Sean Spicer

GCHQ issues statement on White House allegation

(Newser) - James Bond was not working with Barack Obama to spy on Donald Trump, or so say British spy chiefs after the White House cited a report that claimed Obama had asked UK intelligence agency GCHQ to carry out surveillance at Trump Tower. The allegations cited by press secretary Sean Spicer... More »

Top Senators Reject Trump Wiretap Claim

White House stands by accusation

(Newser) - The White House is standing by its explosive allegation that former President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower phones—despite the Senate Intelligence Committee's finding that there's no evidence for the claim. "Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump... More »

Breitbart Editor Explains His Wiretapping Story

Joel Pollak wrote piece after hearing radio's Mark Levin lay out theory

(Newser) - As the Trump wiretapping hubbub continues to hover, NBC's Chuck Todd has offered some insight on where the president may have come up with his theory. On Wednesday's Meet the Press Daily, Todd chatted with Breitbart News editor Joel Pollak , author of a connect-the-dots piece on the site... More »

Intel Chief: 'Clearly President Was Wrong' on Wiretap

Devin Nunes says HIC has found no evidence for Trump's claims

(Newser) - Within a half-hour span on the morning of March 4, President Trump laid out a stunning series of tweets that made some serious accusations : namely, that then-President Obama had tapped his phones in Trump Tower shortly before the election. On Wednesday, the head of the House Intelligence Committee offered that... More »

Feds Seek More Time to Prove Trump Wiretap Claim

'Wiretapping' means lots of things, Spicer says

(Newser) - The Justice Department has asked for more time to grant the House Intelligence Committee's request for proof of President Trump's extraordinary claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor . A department spokeswoman says they need time "to review the request in compliance with the governing legal authorities... More »

Conway Brings Up 'Spying' Microwaves, Media Pounce

Says she was talking about surveillance in general after media claw at comments

(Newser) - She may have been speaking from her home in New Jersey, but Kellyanne Conway put the focus back on NYC's Trump Tower on Sunday. In an interview with the Bergen County Record , Conway was asked about President Trump's allegations that Trump Tower was wiretapped by the Obama administration,... More »

House, McCain Demand Evidence of Trump Wiretap

Senator says president should withdraw claim if there's no proof

(Newser) - The House Intelligence Committee is asking the Trump administration for evidence that the phones at Trump Tower were tapped during the campaign as its namesake has charged . The request was reinforced Sunday by Sen. John McCain who says the president must either come up with the evidence or retract his... More »

FBI Chief Steps Into Trump Wiretapping Controversy

James Comey asks DoJ to publicly reject claim

(Newser) - FBI Director James Comey has waded into the controversy surrounding President Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by former President Obama last fall, the New York Times reports. Officials say Comey has asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump's explosive claim, both because he believes it's... More »

How Trump Arrived at His Wiretap Allegations

Articles in Heat Street, BBC appear to be the key ones

(Newser) - So where did President Trump's bombshell accusation that his predecessor tapped his phones come from? The White House tells the Fact Checker blog at the Washington Post that he's relying on reports "from BBC, Heat Street, New York Times, Fox News, among others.” After an analysis,... More »

Ex-DNI Clapper on Trump's Wiretap Claim: 'I Can Deny It'

James Clapper says he would have known if FISA had authorized such a move

(Newser) - The man who was the director of national intelligence until January 20 wasted little time in shooting down President Trump's claim that former President Obama's administration wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election, reports the AP . "There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the... More »

Trump Doubles Down, Tells Congress to Investigate Obama

Wants to know 'whether executive branch powers were abused' during election

(Newser) - The White House demanded on Sunday that Congress investigate whether former President Obama abused his executive powers in connection with the 2016 presidential election, reports the AP . President Trump leveled that claim Saturday when he accused his predecessor of tapping telephones at Trump Tower. But Trump offered no supporting evidence,... More »

Obama Team Denies Trump's Claims About Wiretapping

Spokesperson says administration never wiretapped US citizens

(Newser) - A spokesperson for Barack Obama says President Trump's accusations about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower are "simply false," NBC News reports. "Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen," Kevin Lewis says. The Obama camp wasn't the only... More »

Careful When Spurning Lover Who Can Wiretap Your Phone

A New York prosecutor is accused of doing just that

(Newser) - Be careful if you get involved with a high-ranking prosecutor; you never know what she might do if the relationship comes to a bad end. Brooklyn prosecutor Tara Lenich, 41, is accused of forging judges' signatures in order to tap the phone belonging to a married NYPD detective in whom... More »

Mystery 'Interceptors' Capture Our Calls: Experts

And they don't appear to be NSA installations

(Newser) - Security experts have been spotting so-called "fake cellphone towers" of unknown origin that could be spying on us. The "interceptors," as they're called, trick our phones into thinking they're regular cell towers; then, according to VentureBeat , they can listen to our calls or pave the... More »

NSA Got Too Big to Understand: Report

New docs say NSA 'frequently and systematically' abused system

(Newser) - As Edward Snowden's trove began to leak, President Obama was quick to reassure Americans that Congress and the courts kept the NSA's powers and activities in check. But newly declassified documents from the 2009 probe into the agency's wiretapping show that—in 2009, at least—the NSA'... More »

Verizon, AT&T Make a Pretty Penny Off Wiretaps

Government pays Verizon $500 a month to eavesdrop on a line

(Newser) - If you think your cellphone bill is bad, just be thankful you're not the snoops at the FBI or NSA. Tapping a single Verizon customer's phone costs the government $775 for the first month, and $500 for each month thereafter, while AT&T charges a $325 "activation... More »

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