NBC: Former DNI James Clapper: ‘I Can Deny’ Wiretap of Trump Tower
WASHINGTON — Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Sunday denied any suggestion that Trump Tower communications were wiretapped before the election.
For the part of the national security apparatus that he oversaw, "there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign," Clapper told Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview on Sunday's "Meet The Press."
When Todd asked him whether he could confirm or deny if a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Act) order for this existed, Clapper declared, "I can deny it."
Asked again whether there was a FISA Court order to monitor Trump Tower, Clapper said, "Not to my knowledge."
Clapper said that if any wiretap like that occurred, he would "certainly hope" that he would be aware of it.
"I can't speak for other authorized entities in the government or a state or local entity," he added.
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WNU Editor: The press is currently focusing on the story that the former Director of Intelligence James Clapper is denying President Trump's claim that the U.S. "bugged" him and his campaign. But in the same interview he is very clear that there is NO evidence of collusion between the Trump team and Russian officials .... but in the Q&A on the Meet The Press panel that followed this interview .... there was no mention of the second point. In fact .... it was just the same talking points that there must be an investigation into President Trump relations with the Russians .... even though there is no evidence of anything illegal .
Update: This is a start .... White House requests Congress investigate whether Obama administration abused power (CNN). .... but will Congress proceed? And if so, what will be its guidelines.
Update #2: What does this former U.S. Attorney General knows? .... Former Bush attorney general: Trump right that there was surveillance (The Hill).