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The DOJ Gets More Time on Wiretapping Deadline

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The House Intelligence Committee gave the Department of Justice (DOJ) a deadline for getting them information on recent wiretapping allegations. The committee had asked the DOJ to get them anything they had by Monday, March 13, 2017. When it became clear that the department would be unable to comply, they asked for an extension. The new deadline is Monday, March 20th, 2o17. This is also the date of the first hearing on possible Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.

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Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) released the following statement on the topic:

One of the focus points of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation is the U.S. government’s response to actions taken by Russian intelligence agents during the presidential campaign. As such, the Committee will make inquiries into whether the government was conducting surveillance activities on any political party’s campaign officials or surrogates, and we will continue to investigate this issue if the evidence warrants it.

Jack Langer, a spokesperson for the chairman had this to say about the subject “If the committee does not receive a response by then, the committee will ask for this information during the March 20 hearing and may resort to a compulsory process if our questions continue to go unanswered.” The committee does have the power to issue subpoenas for this kind of information.

Trump’s Tweets remain at the center of the controversy.

At issue are a series of tweets President Donald Trump put out a few weeks ago. The president tweeted:

This was followed by:

And:

The last thing the president had to say about the possibility of wire tapping was just a few minutes later:

No information has been released about where the president got the idea that his offices were being monitored during the campaign. None of his advisors have been able to really answer questions about the issue. Chief Counselor Kellyanne Conway was back on television this week talking about this and other issues. She did not directly address the question of whether former President Obama “wiretapped” the phones. She did talk about other ways people spy on each other and raised the idea that televisions, phones and microwave ovens can be used for this purpose.

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