House Intelligence Chair can’t find evidence to support Trump’s wiretapping claim

A particularly broken looking House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes had to face the press Wednesday and announce that he doesn’t believe “there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.” The fact that the Republican congressman couldn’t find evidence supporting President’s Trump’s tweets accusing President Obama of wiretapping him isn’t surprising considering that they were based on nothing more than a Breitbart News post aggregating a right wing radio rant. Still, having to face the public and tell it that your superior made a bunch of crazy shit up isn’t an enviable task.

Gotta hand it to Nunes for trying to make this investigation sound remotely justified. At the presser, the California rep said:

“President Obama wouldn’t physically go over and wiretap Trump Tower. So now you have to decide, as I mentioned to [the press] last week, are you going to take the tweets literally? And if you are then clearly the president was wrong. But if you’re not going to take the tweets literally and there is a concern that the president has about other people, other surveillance activities looking at him and his associates — either appropriately or inappropriately — we want to find that out.”

Democratic House committee member Adam Schiff said he’s seen “no evidence whatsoever” to back up Trump’s surveillance claims. Given how Trump stonewalled ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl, it sounds like the president hasn’t seen any evidence either.

Cool, have fun wasting time and resources finding out whether the next tinfoil hat Infowar-influenced tweet accusation has any bearing in reality.

FBI Director James Comey is expected to be questioned on whether he ordered a wiretap for Trump Tower during Monday’s House Committee hearing. Sounds like that will be an excellent use of everyone’s time.

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