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Pelosi Demands Trump Apologize For His Wiretap 'Fabrications'

The FBI chief’s announcement on Monday that he had “no information” to support Donald Trump’s wiretapping charge against Barack Obama prompted a top Democrat to demand an apology from the president.

According to The Hill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on Trump to back off his unsubstantiated claim that Obama ordered the surveillance of Trump Tower during last year’s campaign. Earlier in the day, FBI Director James Comey and the head of the National Security Agency told the House Intelligence Committee that their agencies had found no evidence of the wiretapping.

“President Trump owes President Obama and the American people an apology for his disgraceful and incendiary fabrications,” Pelosi declared in a written statement. Even Republicans are distancing themselves from Trump on the issue. GOP Rep. Devin Nunes of California, who chairs the Intelligence Committee, is among those who have rejected the allegation.

Pelosi argued that Trump invented the wiretapping story because he “has been desperate to distract attention from the FBI investigation into the Kremlin’s grip on his administration.” The California congresswoman wrote that “the possibility of Trump officials conspiring with a foreign adversary to influence a U.S. election represents a grave threat to our national security and our democracy, and the American people deserve answers.” She added: “The deflector-in-chief’s desperation demands answers to our original question. What is Russia’s political, personal and financial grip on the Trump administration?”

Comey announced that the FBI is investigating Russia’s efforts to help Trump win the election, as well as connections between the president’s aides and Russian officials. The director explained to the committee that the bureau’s “practice is not to confirm the existence of an ongoing investigation.” However, he said “it is in the public interest” to acknowledge the probe of Trump’s links to Russia.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, as well as National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, resigned due to their Russian ties. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under fire for his conversations last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.

Source: The Hill
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