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Truth of Trump’s wiretap claim should emerge soon, lawmakers say

WASHINGTON – Republican and Democratic lawmakers said Sunday that they still haven’t seen evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claim that his predecessor tapped his phones, but that they expect the facts will soon emerge.

Today is deadline set by the House Intelligence Committee for the Justice Department to provide any documentary evidence relating to Trump’s allegation.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House panel, said on ABC’s “This Week” that he expected to see no such evidence and suggested that none existed. He said he hopes to put the matter to rest on March 20, when FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify before the committee.

Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump’s claims because they’re false, the New York Times reported March 5.

“Either the president quite deliberately for some reason made up the charge or, perhaps more disturbing, the president really believes this,” Schiff said on ABC.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, called on Trump to provide proof of his allegations about former President Barack Obama, or admit he was wrong. “The president has one of two choices: either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

McCain said he had “no reason to believe that the charge is true” and that Trump could clear up the matter by asking the intelligence community for the facts.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, who iss on the Senate Intelligence Committee, also said he had “not seen that evidence” of wiretapping, but he declined to call on Trump to apologize to Obama.

“President Trump said last weekend that he wanted the intelligence committees in the Senate and the House to take up this matter as part of our broader inquiry into Russia’s activities into our political system last year,” Cotton said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “We’re going to do exactly that.”

Trump said in a Twitter post March 4 that Obama had his “‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower” before the election and called Obama a “bad [or sick] guy.” A spokesman for Obama called the claims “simply false,” and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who left the government in January, has said there was no wiretap activity directed at Trump or his campaign by the Obama administration.

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