US President Donald Trump ‘will be vindicated’ on surveillance claims: White House

March 24, 2017 2:18 pm

President
welcomes truckers and CEOs to the White House in
Washington, DC, March 23, 2017, to discuss healthcare. (Photo by AFP)

US President Donald Trump is
“very confident” that he will be “vindicated” regarding his claim that
the Obama administration spied on him during the election campaign,
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said.

“The
president feels very confident that he will be vindicated, that there
was surveillance during the 2016 election period and this should be a
concern to everyone,” Spicer told Fox on Thursday.
Spicer’s
comments come after the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee,
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), said on Wednesday that US spy agencies
possibly monitored then-President-elect Donald Trump and members of his
transition team after the 2016 presidential election but found
intelligence with little value and irrelevant to the New York
billionaire’s ties with Russia.
Nunes confirmed at a press
conference that information had been collected legally and on numerous
occasions but mostly “incidentally” and with “little or no apparent
foreign intelligence value.”
 But he added that there was no evidence to support Trump’s claim that Obama had his “wires tapped” in Trump Tower.
 Trump said after the announcement of the Nunes that he felt “somewhat vindicated.”
“Also importantly, why there are so many leaks out there, why are American citizens being unmasked?” Spicer asked.
“This
should be concerning to everyone. The American citizens, including the
president and the transition team members, according to Chairman Nunes,
were surveilled in some way, shape, and form,” Spicer said.

Adam
Schiff (R), Devin Nunes (L) answer questions at the US Capitol during a
press conference March 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)Nunes’s committee is probing allegations of Russian interference in the November 8, 2016 vote.
In
a declassified report released in January, the intelligence community
concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin helped the New York
billionaire win the White House, an allegation dismissed both by Moscow
and Trump.

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