In­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee mem­bers con­tra­dict claims of pres­i­dent

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Eileen Sul­li­van by FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey. A Se­nate aide, who re­quested anonymity to dis­cuss the sen­a­tors’ pri­vate brief­ings, said Burr and Warner would not have made the state­ment with­out be­ing fully briefed on the mat­ter. The aide said Spicer is wr

washington» There is no in­di­ca­tion that Trump Tower was “the sub­ject of sur­veil­lance” by the U.S. gov­ern­ment be­fore or after the 2016 elec­tion, the top two mem­bers of the Se­nate in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee said Thurs­day, di­rectly con­tra­dict­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s claims.

“Based on the in­for­ma­tion avail­able to us, we see no in­di­ca­tions that Trump Tower was the sub­ject of sur­veil­lance by any el­e­ment of the United States gov­ern­ment ei- ther be­fore or after Elec­tion Day 2016,” Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va., said in a one-sen­tence joint state­ment Thurs­day after­noon.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear what prompted the sen­a­tors’ state­ment.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the pres­i­dent stands by his claims. He sug­gested the law­mak­ers’ state­ments were made with­out a full re­view of the ev­i­dence or a brief­ing from the Jus­tice Depart­ment. “They are not find­ings,” he said. Burr and Warner were among eight se­nior con­gres­sional lead­ers briefed Fri­day

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