TEHRAN, March 24, YJC- 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.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC)- "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 News 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.
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.