Justice Department Delivers Documents on Wiretapping Claim to Congress

© Reuters. US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States Department of Justice said on Friday it released documents to congressional committees in response to their request for information that could shed light on President Donald Trump’s claims that former President Barack Obama ordered the US agencies spying on him.

The information was sent to the intelligence and judicial committees of the House and Senate, said Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department.

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Republican Devin Nunes, said in a statement late Friday that the Justice Department had “fully complied with” the panel’s request.

A government source, who requested anonymity when discussing sensitive information, said an initial examination of the material released by the Justice Department indicates that it does not contain evidence to confirm Trump’s claims that the Obama administration had listened to him or the Trump Tower in New York.

The House Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing Monday on allegations of Russian meddling in the US elections. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers will testify and are expected to answer questions about Trump’s wiretapping claim.

Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees, including Trump’s Republican Party, have said they have found no evidence to support Trump’s claims that Obama ordered US agencies to spy on Trump or his entourage. The White House has not publicly offered evidence of the accusation.

On Monday, the House panel sent the Justice Department a letter requesting copies of any court orders related to Trump or his associates that may have been issued last year under an electronic surveillance law or a far-reaching crime statute. .

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