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Recent reports about Twitter data being used for surveillance have caused us great concern. As a company, our commitment to social justice is core to our mission and well established. And our policies in this area are long-standing. Using Twitter's Public APIs or data products to track or profile protesters and activists is absolutely unacceptable and prohibited. To be clear: we prohibit developers using the Public APIs and Gnip data products from allowing law enforcement – or any other entity – to use Twitter data for surveillance purposes. Period.feedback
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Apr 25 2017
Multiple people spoke about Wiretapping in the news. We gather all their quotes on this page, an easy way to see all views about this topic at a glance. To go deeper, all quotes are redirected to the article from which they come. Donald J. Trump is the person who had the greatest number of quotes. The most recent one of them is: “Does anybody really believe that? Nobody believes that, even the people that try to protect her in the news media. It's such a big story and I'm sure it will continue forward.”.
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James R. Clapper Jr.

For the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as D.N.I., there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Does anybody really believe that? Nobody believes that, even the people that try to protect her in the news media. It's such a big story and I'm sure it will continue forward.feedback

James Comey - FBI

It is a pain in the neck to get permission to conduct electronic surveillance in the United States. And that's good,'' he told an audience at the University of Texas in Austin.feedback

Edward E. Baptist

Our goal is to ultimately collect all the runaway ads that have survived. They are these little windows. I call them the tweets of the master class. The purpose is to alert the surveillance system that was the entire body of white people in the South to help this individual recover this human property. There was a wave of anti-literacy laws. Slave owners knew if some men and women were literate, they could write passes to freedom.feedback

Alex H. Krist

Active surveillance is a way we can reduce some of the harms like overtreatment, and the side effects of overtreatment. Men who have more urgent medical issues might see screening as a lower priority.feedback

Bob Goodlatte
John Conyers

It is clear that Section 702 surveillance programs can and do collect information about U.S. persons, on subjects unrelated to counter-terrorism. It is imperative that we understand the size of this impact on U.S. persons as our committee proceeds with the debate on reauthorization.feedback

Orin Kerr

President Trump recently signed a congressional resolution completing the repeal of broadband privacy rules announced by the Obama-era Federal Communications Commission. According to news reports, the purpose of the repeal was to allow broadband Internet service providers to conduct the same sort of monitoring of user online activities, such as Web-surfing habits, that companies like Google and Facebook can conduct.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump’s wild accusation and the right-wing media’s eagerness to support the claims of the Trump White House, working in cahoots with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), that there was nefarious “unmasking” of Trump associates picked up in surveillance of Russian officials has proved to be a colossal flop. Nunes wound up discrediting himself and implicating White House staffers in a half-baked scheme to deflect attention from the president.feedback

Roger Ailes - Fox

The culture of fear and surveillance created a chilling effect. Employees could not trust that there were safeguards that would protect them from retaliation.feedback

Judy Woodruff

[I]n essence, during the final days of the Obama administration, during the transition after President Trump had been elected, he and the people around him may have been caught up in surveillance of foreign individuals and that their identities may have been disclosed. Do you know anything about this?feedback

Susan E. Rice

The allegations that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes are absolutely false. [Unmasking] is necessary to do my job. ... Imagine if we saw something of grave significance about Russia, or China, or anybody else interfering with our political process.feedback

Ken Dilanian - National Broadcasting Company

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Tuesday flatly denied that she sought to improperly 'unmask' Trump campaign officials whose conversations were caught on surveillance by U.S. intelligence services. The allegation is that somehow the Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes,' Rice said in an exclusive interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell. 'That's absolutely false.' Rice added that it's not unusual to request the identities of people caught on intelligence surveillance.feedback

Arthur Eisenberg

A 'sit-in' is not the same as an act of violence, and the police should not be engaged in maximal surveillance for non-violent activity.feedback

Paul Pillar

We should be disturbed if whoever was in office was not keeping close tabs on that sort of thing. This whole story strikes me as just more of the effort to divert attention from the issue of the relations that Trump and his associates have had with Russia, and as part of the diversion to try to suggest impropriety of some sort on the part of the Obama administration.feedback

Tom Cotton

Susan Rice is the Typhoid Mary of the Obama administration foreign policy. Every time something went wrong, she seemed to turn up in the middle of it, whether it was these allegations of improper unmasking, intentional or improper surveillance, whether it's Benghazi or the other fiascos over the eight years of the Obama administration.feedback

Svetlana Petrenko

Forensic experts have also discovered Jalilov's genetic traces on a bag containing an explosive device left at Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station. This evidence as well as the surveillance cameras give us reason to believe the person behind the terrorist act in the train was the same who left that bag at Ploshchad Vosstaniya station.feedback

Susan E. Rice

There were occasions when I would receive a report in which a U.S. person was referred to, name not provided. Sometimes in that context in order to understand the significance of the report and assess its significance, it was necessary to request the information as to who that person was. Absolutely not for any political purposes, to spy, expose, anything. I leaked nothing to nobody, and never have, and never would. There was no collection or surveillance on Trump Tower or Trump individuals, and by that I mean directed by the White House or targeted at Trump individuals. Let's see what comes.feedback

Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Rice's requests to unmask the names of Trump transition officials do not vindicate Trump's own tweets from March 4 in which he accused Obama of illegally tapping Trump Tower. There remains no evidence to support that claim.feedback

Susan E. Rice

I've been called a lot of things by folks on the right that are unfair and disingenuous. This is not the first. I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.feedback

Greg Nojeim

A search of your cell phone or social media account is a direct look behind the curtain that covers the most intimate aspects of your life. A border stop shouldn't be an excuse for extreme surveillance such as downloading the entire contents of your phone.feedback

Rand Paul

Was this a directive from President Obama? Is there a possibility that Susan Rice was politically motivated? Let's ask her why she was opening up all of the conversations with Trump transition figures. I think she should be asked under oath, did she reveal it to The Washington Post. I think they were illegally basically using an espionage tool to eavesdrop or wiretap – if you want to use the word generally – on the Trump campaign. I have been very impressed with Devin Nunes. I don't think you should be allowed to listen to Americans' conversations without a warrant.feedback

John Oliver

That initially sounded like it could back up Trump's claims that President Obama wiretapped him. But it quickly unraveled as Nunes conceded the surveillance was routine appeared to be completely legal, occurred after the election and may not have even targeted Trump or his transition team but rather foreign individuals discussing the transition.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

You’d think he would get tired of losing. “Ten weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump hasn’t had an easy week yet. Mr. Trump has hit regular high points-the nomination of a Supreme Court justice, a smooth speech to a joint session of Congress, an active deal-making role in health-care negotiations. But they have each been punctured, within hours or days, by low points-courts blocking his travel restrictions, an early-morning tweet about wiretapping, and the collapse of those talks to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”.feedback

William F. Kuntz

From the beginning, Ms. Lenich has wanted to fully accept responsibility for her actions in this case. She wanted to plead guilty at the first opportunity.feedback

Morris J. Fodeman

We take comfort in knowing that Judge Kuntz will consider Ms. Lenich's exemplary personal and professional life when she is sentenced.feedback

Tara Lenich

Between approximately 2015 and 2016, while I was working at the Kings County District Attorney's office here in Brooklyn, I intentionally forged court orders that allowed me to wiretap cellphones for two different people.feedback

Sean Spicer

[I]f I can go back for a second to something that the Obama administration's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense noted very clearly on the record, that they were engaged in an effort to spread information about Trump officials that had come up in intelligence. That's not – that is several networks. Evelyn Farkas made that proclamation about what was going on during the Obama administration regarding the Trump team. So that is something that they made very clear on the record.feedback

Marianne Sinka

But at the end of the day, accurate mosquito surveillance is essential. If these guys can set up a successful citizen science project to get us closer to this goal, it can only be a good thing.feedback

Peter King - Homeland Security

There were telephone conversations apparently between foreigners, the surveillance of those conversations was very legitimate.feedback

Sean Spicer

It is a fairly comprehensive undertaking of every asset that a person owns, every debt that they have and I think that that is a very clear understanding of the assets that people have, the value of those assets, both in terms of whether they're worth something or the liabilities that they're incurring. That is a very, very transparent way of being able to understand someone's – and so, to equate the two is rather….feedback

Devin Nunes

There was no wiretapping of Trump Tower. That did not happen.feedback

Sean Spicer

The president used the word wiretap in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.feedback

Randy Bush - Internet Initiative Japan

Between troll attacks, chilling effects of government surveillance and censorship, etc., the internet is becoming narrower every day.feedback

Amy Lynch

What I'm concerned about is whether there will be an appetite for adopting new regulations with this new administration. The majority of investment advisory firms are small. They have limited resources and may not be able to invest in the same surveillance technology that larger firms can invest in. There are sophisticated mechanisms today that can monitor accounts and look for patterns in activity. They are very valuable in preventing money laundering.feedback

Sean Spicer

If you look at the president's tweet, he said very clearly, quote, wiretapping' – in quotes.feedback

Devin Nunes

The intelligence committee - that's a committee that I call the tip of the spear, because without national security it's tough to keep those trade routes open. There seems to me to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal, but I don't know that it's right.feedback

Anne Giudicelli

At the level of strict security, the maximum is done. The authorities are confronting the fact that all the outward signs – what we call indicators, the criteria for surveillance – are today very volatile because individuals adapt, they know what will get them detected.feedback

Devin Nunes

What I've read seems to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal, but I don't know that it's right and I don't know if the American people would be comfortable with what I've read. This is information that was brought to me that I thought the president needed to know about incidental collection, where the president himself and others in the Trump transition team were clearly put into intelligence reports that ended up at this White House and across a whole bunch of other agencies.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Will he finally learn this time? “House Intelligence Committee Democrats said Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) apologized to them Thursday during a closed-door meeting for his handling of revelations about surveillance that potentially could have been collected about President Trump and his associates during the transition period.”.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Just today I heard, just a little while ago, that Devin Nunes had a news conference,... where they have a lot of information on tapping. Did you hear about that? Wow. Nunes said, so that means I'm right, Nunes said the surveillance appears to have been ... incidental collection, that does not appear to have been related to concerns over Russia.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'm a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right... I guess I can't be doing so badly, because I'm President, and you're not. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I'm talking about is surveillance. I have a lot of respect for Judge Napolitano, and he said that three sources have told him things that would make me right. I don't know where he has gone with it since then. But I'm quoting highly respected people from highly respected television networks.feedback

Devin Nunes

I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show the president elect and his team were at least monitored and disseminated out. We know there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I can't be doing so badly because I'm president, and you're not. So, that means I'm right. Who knows what it is? You know, why, because somebody says 'incidental'. (We) were under surveillance during the Obama administration following November's election. Wow. I don't know where he has gone with it since then. But I'm quoting highly respected people from highly respected television networks. Why do you say that I have to apologise? When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. It is just a good description. What I'm talking about is surveillance.feedback

Devin Nunes

Yes, he apologised to the minority on the committee today for going public and to the (White House) with his announcement yesterday before sharing the information with the minority. He pledged to work with them on this issue and share information with them about it. There was a lot going on yesterday and it was a judgment call on my part. At the end of the day, sometimes you make the right decisions and sometimes you make the wrong ones but you've got to stick by the decisions you make.feedback

Stewart Baker - National Security Agency

It’s 2020. Kamala Harris finishes a close second in New Hampshire, beating expectations that Elizabeth Warren would sweep her neighboring state (and its shared media market). Harris roars into South Carolina, where she suddenly leads in the polls with a message of repudiating what she calls the Trump administration’s dangerous foreign brinksmanship.feedback

Eric Swalwell

Before we go forward, we really need to see what evidence did the chairman take over to the president, how did he get that evidence and why exactly did he go around our committee. We haven't seen that yet. We have been told that that is coming soon.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I predicted a lot of things. I'm a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right. When everyone said I wasn't going to win the election, I said well I think I would. I have articles saying it happened. Now remember this. When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. Because a wiretapping is, you know today it is different than wire tapping. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I'm talking about is surveillance. ... Devin Nunes just had a news conference. Now probably got obliterated by what's happened in London.feedback

Greg Falxa - Department of Fish and Wildlife

Every single avenue we look at seems far-fetched. Who knows how it got here? Everything is speculation right now. We're starting surveillance in that area.feedback

Devin Nunes

I mean, there was a lot going on yesterday and it was a judgment call on my part ... at the end of the day, sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the wrong one, but you've got to stick by the decisions you make.feedback

Mick Mulvaney

No, I don't think so. I think it's probably one of the most compassionate things we can do. We're trying to focus on both the recipients of the money and the folks who give us the money in the first place. And I think it's fairly compassionate to go to them and say, Look, we're not gonna ask you for your hard-earned money, anymore, single mother of two in Detroit … unless we can guarantee to you that that money is actually being used in a proper function.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We'll see after the committee. I have people say it was more than that. We will see after we have. I said, no Brexit is going to happen, and everybody laughed, and Brexit happened. Many many things. They turn out to be right. Well, he just got this information. This was new information. That was just got. Members, of, let's see, were under surveillance during the Obama Administration following November's election. Wow. This just came out. So, ah, just came out. Why do you say that I have to apologize? I thought it was, I thought it was a disgrace that they could write that.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday accused U.S. spy agencies of abusing their surveillance powers by gathering and sharing information about President Trump and his transition team, an unproven charge that was quickly embraced by the White House but threatened to derail the committee’s investigation of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'm quoting highly respected people from highly respected television networks. The New York Times had a front-page story, which they actually reduced, they took it, they took it the word wiretapping out of the title, but its first story in the front page of the paper was wiretapping. They then dropped that headline, and they used another headline without the word wiretap, but they did mean wiretap. When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I'm talking about is surveillance. I didn't say that. I was referring to a newspaper.feedback

Devin Nunes

While there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower, I was concerned that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates. I recently confirmed that, on numerous occasions, the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition. Details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration–details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value–were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting.feedback

Devin Nunes

What I've read, seems to me to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal, but I don't know that it's right ... But let us get all the reports. ... I think the president is concerned and he should be. I think he'd like to see these reports.feedback

Devin Nunes

First, I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition. Details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated intelligence community reporting. I have confirmed that additional names of Trump transition team members were unmasked. Fourth and finally, I want to be clear: None of this surveillance was related to Russia or the investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team.feedback

Devin Nunes

It is possible. There was some level of surveillance activity – perfectly legal – but I don't think the American people would be comfortable with it. What I have read bothered me. It should bother the president himself and his team.feedback

Devin Nunes

I've heard of Manafort. There is a big, gray cloud that you've now put over people who have very important work to do to lead this country. And so the faster you can get to the bottom of this, it's going to be better for all Americans.feedback

Matthew Waxman

The president's commentary about surveillance allegations and the Russian election meddling investigation is dangerous.feedback

Sean Spicer

All we're doing is literally reading off what other stations and people have reported. We're not casting judgment on that.feedback

Shepard Smith - Fox

Judge Andrew Napolitano commented on the morning show Fox and Friends that he has sources who say British intelligence . . . was involved in surveillance at Trump Tower. Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary. Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way, full stop.feedback

Trevor Noah

That's right, people. Obama didn't wiretap Trump, and even the FBI thinks there is something at least worth investigating regarding how much Trump's campaign communicated with Russia. Wow. I did not see that coming.feedback

Devin Nunes

Let me be clear. We know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower. However, it's still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates. The fact that Russia hacked U.S. election-related databases comes as no shock to this committee. We have been closely monitoring Russia's aggressions for years.feedback

James Comey - FBI

'With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets,'. 'And we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components: the department has no information that supports those tweets,'. 'I think that was a fairly easy judgement for the (intelligence) community,'.feedback

Sean Spicer

Why was a name that should have been protected by law from being put out into the public domain, put out there. What were the motives behind that? What else do we need to know? Who was behind that kind of unmasking?feedback

James Comey - FBI

Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much that he had a clear preference for the person running against Secretary Clinton. That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian Government and whether there was any coordination.feedback

Sean Spicer

No. We started a hearing, it is still ongoing. There's a lot of areas that still need to be covered. There's a lot of information that still needs to be discussed. Following this testimony it's clear that nothing has changed. Who was being surveilled? Why were they being surveilled? Why were they being quote unmasked?feedback

Sean Spicer

We are still at the beginning phase of a look as to what kind of surveillance took place and why. I think there's continuing to be a very, very literal interpretation of his tweet, which is whether or not there was wiretapping. The president understands that you don't literally wiretap people the same way you did in the '70s and '80s with wires and things in the top of the phone. There's no reason to believe he doesn't at this time.feedback

James Comey - FBI

We just cannot do our work well or fairly if we start talking about it while we're doing it.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Before FBI Director James B. Comey began his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, President Trump was back, compulsively tweeting - and underscoring the growing perception that his allegation that President Barack Obama had Trump’s “wires tapped” is nonsensical, his attachment to reality fleeting and his concern about Russian interference in the election on his behalf is palpable. He tweeted: “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” (Interestingly, he limited the denial of collusion to him, POTUS, only.) Certainly, he had been rattled by a parade of Republican lawmakers affirming there was no evidence of wiretapping. He was right to be anxious.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost! The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of classified information. Must find (the) leaker now! What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians? Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the FBI in to look?feedback

Devin Nunes

For the first time the American people, and all the political parties now, are paying attention to the threat that Russia poses. We know that the Russians were trying to get involved in our campaign, like they have for many decades. They're also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and over in Europe. We need to get to the bottom of that. Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No there never was. The information we received Friday continues to lead us in that direction.feedback

Susan Collins

I don't know the basis for President Trump's assertion and that's what I wish he would explain to us, on the Intelligence Committee, and to the American people and I do believe he owes us that explanation," " when asked if the accusations were true. I have seen no evidence supporting that statement and what we need is evidence. If the president has evidence of that, I would encourage him to turn it over to the House and Senate intelligence committee.feedback

Rand Paul

I spent nine and a half years as an undercover officer. I was the dude in the back alleys at 4 in the morning collecting intelligence to protect our homeland. … The men and the women in the CIA, they do their job regardless of who is in the White House. Same for NSA. Same for FBI. These men and women are putting themselves in harm's way.feedback

Devin Nunes

That is very possible, and we don't have the answers to those questions yet. We had a deadline of Friday for the NSA, FBI and CIA to get us those names that were unmasked through the FISA system. We didn't get those names on Friday, and until we get those names, we can't rule this out.feedback

Devin Nunes

Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No, but there never was, and the information we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction. That's the only crime we know has been committed right now. We're trying to get to everyone who, for lack of a better term, was at the crime scene. We're trying to bring them all in, see what they knew, when they knew it, if they knew about the leaks, if they knew about General Flynn's name being unmasked. These are all questions that we need to get to the bottom of.feedback

Adam Schiff

Of course, there's one thing to say there's evidence; there's another thing to say we can prove this or prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. But there was certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation. The American people have a right to know, and in order to defend ourselves, we need to know whether the circumstantial evidence of collusion and direct evidence of deception is indicative of more.feedback

Rand Paul

It is very, very important that whoever released that go to jail, because you cannot have members of the intelligence community listening to the most private and highly classified information and then releasing that to the New York Times. There can only be a certain handful of people who did that. I would bring them all in. They would have to take lie-detector tests. And, I would say, including the political people, because some political people knew about this as well.feedback

David Medine

If the president is concerned about surveillance by the intelligence agencies, one thing he should do is appoint new members to the board.feedback

Elizabeth Goitein

It's in keeping with his attitude toward government in general. He has nothing but antipathy for the agencies he controls.feedback

Devin Nunes

There was no Fisa warrant that I'm aware of to tap Trump Tower. I don't think there is anyone in the White House today that is under any type of surveillance at all.feedback

Tom Cole

I see no indication that that's true. President Obama is owed an apology.feedback

Sean Spicer

As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps.feedback

Kelly Wroblewski

They allow you to perform constant surveillance in the community and identify when you need to respond.feedback

Donald J. Trump

As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common perhaps. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. And so you shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox. Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!feedback

Donald J. Trump

(I) probably wouldn't be here right now, but very seldom. We have a tremendous group of people that listen and I can get around the media when the media doesn't tell the truth, so I like that. As far as wiretapping, I guess by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps. And just to finish your question, we said nothing. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn't make an opinion on it.feedback

Sean Spicer

I don't think we regret anything. We literally listed a litany of media reports that were in the public domain.feedback

Erik Wemple

At a joint news conference Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Trump fielded a question from a German journalist as to whether he felt it was a “mistake” to accuse British intelligence of assisting former President Barack Obama in allegedly surveilling him. Wrapped up in the question was a pivotal question about the relationship between the Trump White House and the conservative media. After all, the claim about British intelligence stemmed directly from a report by Fox News’s Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey judge.feedback

Tom Cole

Frankly unless you can produce some pretty compelling proof, President Obama is owed an apology. If he didn't do it, we shouldn't be reckless in accusations that he did. Look, they're allowed to believe what they believe. I know the leaders of both those committees, I have a lot of respect of them, they said they found no evidence and until we see something different I accept their conclusion.feedback

Andrew Napolitano

So by bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints.feedback

Patrick Leahy

On areas of surveillance and torture, what I've seen so far, his views are a lot different than mine. When Judge Gorsuch was working for the administration, at least based on the initial things I've looked at, he appears to be a cheerleader for President Bush's views on executive powers.feedback

Jeff Sessions

Do you have any knowledge, direct or indirect, whether Mr. Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen, or any member of his family, traveled out of the country to meet with Russians during the campaign? Do you have knowledge of whether Mr. Cohen, or any Trump associate, directly or through shell companies, made payments either to hackers or to internet companies that ran a botnet of fake accounts and websites on behalf of Russia? To your knowledge, did any person illegally inform the president that there was a wiretap at Trump Tower?feedback

Jeff Sessions

Was the president's tweet about a wiretap at Trump Tower, to your knowledge, illegal? If so, to whom have you reported this offense.feedback

Seth Meyers

You're so paranoid about wiretapping that you talk like a mafia don, afraid the feds are listening.feedback

Andrew Napolitano

Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn't use the NSA (National Security Agency), he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI and he didn't use the Department of Justice. He used GCHQ. What is that? It's the initials for the British intelligence finding agency.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism! You're the president – you're in charge of the agencies. Every intelligence agency reports to you. Why not immediately go to them and gather evidence to support that? We have enough problems. We will be submitting certain things, and I will be perhaps speaking about this next week, but it's right now before the committee, and I think I want to leave it. I have a lot of confidence in the committee.feedback

Sean Spicer

He's able to get it and there's no American fingerprints on it. Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command - he didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI and he didn't use the Department of Justice - he used GCHQ.feedback

Sean Spicer

There's a lot of wiretapping being talked about. I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.feedback

Sean Spicer

They are not findings. The statement clearly says at this time they don't believe it. At the end of the day the committee has not been provided all the information.feedback

Richard Burr

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 either before or after Election Day 2016. I don't believe, just in the last week of time, the people we've talked to, I don't believe there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.feedback

Paul Ryan

The intelligence committees, in their continuing, widening, ongoing investigations of all things Russia, got to the bottom – at least so far with respect to our intelligence community – that no such wiretap existed. We've seen no evidence of that.feedback

James Lankford

There are some theories out there that this is what's called incidental collection, where there's collection of a foreign individual who calls into the United States, and they happen to gather up U.S. persons on that, as well. But there are even some problems even in that theory. If there's incidental collection, you have to minimize Americans that are in it, to make sure the U.S. citizens are protected in their rights. They feel very strongly they have some of this information. Obviously, it's going to come from the FBI and from the CIA.feedback

Jeremiah Grossman

At the very least, Yahoo is a good target for surveillance and intelligence purposes – tracking a person of interest, seeing whom they are communicating with, what about, and so on.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Let's see whether or not I proved it. You looked at some proof. I mean, let's see whether or not I prove it. I just don't choose to do it right now...I think we have some very good stuff, and we're in the process of putting it together, and I think it's going to be very demonstrative. Don't forget, when I say 'wiretapping,' those words were in quotes. That really covers, because wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff. But that really covers surveillance and many other things. And nobody ever talks about the fact that it was in quotes, but that's a very important thing.feedback

Donald J. Trump

There were other things. I watched your friend Brett Baier the day previous, where he was talking about certain very complex sets of things happening, and wiretapping. I said, 'Wait a minute, there's a lot of wiretapping being talked about.' I've been seeing a lot of things. Now, for the most part, I'm not going to discuss it, because we have it before the committee and we will be submitting things before the committee very soon that hasn't been submitted as of yet. But it's potentially a very serious issue.feedback

Donald J. Trump

That really covers surveillance and many other things. Nobody ever talks about the fact that [the words 'wires tapped'] was in quotes [in the tweet], but that's a very important thing. If they're not going to do me the honor of spreading my word accurately when I can reach many people through Twitter, then, it is a wonderful thing for me, because I get the word out. Sure! A lot of times, my staff comes to me and they say, 'Can you do a tweet on this or that because it's not being shown correctly.'.feedback

Donald J. Trump

This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy! ...If you take a look at some of the things written about wiretapping and eavesdropping - and don't forget, when I say wiretapping, those words were in quotes. That really covers, because wiretapping is pretty old fashioned stuff. But that really covers surveillance and many other things. And nobody ever talks about the fact that it was in quotes, but that's a very important thing. But wiretap covers a lot of different things. I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, 'went to his mailbox' and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS! Wiretap covers a lot of different things.feedback

Devin Nunes

As I told you last week about the issue with the president talking about tapping Trump Tower, that evidence still remains the same, that we don't have any evidence that took place. In fact, I don't believe just in the last week of time, the people we've talked to, I don't think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower. Are you going to take the tweets literally? And if you are, then clearly the president was wrong.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have enough problems. We will be submitting certain things, and I will be perhaps speaking about this next week, but it's right now before the committee, and I think I want to leave it. I have a lot of confidence in the committee. Well, because The New York Times wrote about it. Not that I respect The New York Times. I call it the 'failing New York Times.' But they did write on January 20 using the word 'wiretap.'.feedback

Devin Nunes

Wiretap covers a lot of different things. I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.feedback

Devin Nunes

We don't have any evidence that took place. Are you going to take the tweets literally? And if you are, then clearly the president was wrong. But if you're not going to take the tweets literally – and there is a concern that the president has about other people, other surveillance activities looking at him and his associates, either appropriately or inappropriately. We want to find that out.feedback

Charles F. Adams - Raytheon

With Radarange in her kitchen, Mother can wait until her family is actually seated at the dinner table before she asks them what they would like to eat.feedback

Jane Nickerson

Roasts are gray rather than brown. Eggs scramble well, bake rather than boil and refuse to fry, exploding before the final effect can be achieved.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The Senate's broad, bipartisan support for General McMaster affirms that he is the right person for this job.feedback

Adam Schiff

We're not sure if there's any there, there. There's no daylight between us on the fact that neither one of us have seen any evidence to support what the president tweeted. I think that's probably the most important point. Obviously these two platforms were used to publish documents damaging to Secretary [Hillary] Clinton and helpful to Donald Trump. That concerns me a great deal.feedback

Gabe Roth

The picture these documents paint is that from the outset of his agency tenure, Judge Gorsuch was intimately involved in a range of administration initiatives, from detainee treatment to surveillance to judicial nominations. I'm looking forward to the release of additional documents, whether in response to the senator or to our FOIA lawsuit.feedback

Donald J. Trump

'Wiretap' covers a lot of different things. I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks. I have no idea where they got it. But it's illegal and they're not supposed to have it and it's not supposed to be leaked. It's certainly not an embarrassing tax return at all. But it's an illegal thing; they've been doing it, they've done it before and I think it's a disgrace.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Does that sound familiar to you? Wiretap covers a lot of different things. It's certainly not an embarrassing tax return at all.feedback

Charles Grassley

It's just too bad that we have to go to this length.feedback

Tim Kaine

We have to understand everything about the ties between Russia, the Trump campaign, the Trump transition, the Trump administration. Especially the degree to which Russia tried to invade the American election, because we have to protect future elections.feedback

Lindsey Graham

The Congress needs to know what it's doing. If you're going to have multiple congressional investigations and there is a criminal investigation, we're going to run into it.feedback

Lindsey Graham

Well, I want an answer to my letter. If there is a criminal investigation regarding the Trump campaign and ties to Russia, I want to know about it because we're doing congressional investigations of all-things Russia. I don't want to run into a criminal investigation not knowing it's out there. Is there an investigation? Because I need to know before I move forward into investigating Russia from a congressional lense – I don't want to interfere with a criminal investigation if there is one.feedback

Devin Nunes

If there is no warrant, then we'll have solved this problem: There was no wiretapping.feedback

Lindsey Graham

If they do not provide the answer to that letter we wrote in a bipartisan fashion, there will be a bipartisan subpoena following the FBI. He's not a witness. We have four people who will talk about what Russia does all over the world to interfere with democracies, the tools in their tool box. We wrote a letter, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and myself, wanting to know if there's evidence of a warrant. He hasn't answered that letter or confirmed if there's an investigation of the Trump campaign. He needs to answer the letter and give the nation some information about what's going on here.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Now, for the most part, I'm not going to discuss it, because we have it before the committee and we will be submitting things before the committee very soon that hasn't been submitted as of yet. But it's potentially a very serious situation. But I think that frankly we have a lot right now. And I think if you watched the Bret Baier and what he was saying and what he was talking about and how he mentioned the word wiretap, you would feel very confident that you could mention the name. He mentioned it... And don't forget, when I say wire-tapping, those words were in quotes.feedback

Lindsey Graham

If it's not true, just tell me it's not true. Why is it taking so long to get the answer? I want to get to the bottom of it. Congress is going to flex its muscles.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other. You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets – any number of ways. On wiretap claims, I have said many times that we are pleased the House/Senate Intel Committees are investigating & will comment after. Response to Bergen Record was about surveillance articles in news & techniques generally, not about campaign. Headline just wrong.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I'm getting very ill-tempered over this. If I were the FBI Director, who I like, I would respond to my letter ... before I publicly testify because you'll run afoul of the Judiciary Committee.feedback

Sean Spicer

The president was very clear in his tweet that it was 'wiretapping'.That spans a whole host of surveillance types of options. I think that there have been numerous reports from a variety of outlets over the last couple of months that seem to indicate that there has been different types of surveillance that occurred during the 2016 election.feedback

Jack Langer

The Department of Justice has asked for more time to comply with the House Intelligence Committee's request for information related to possible surveillance of Donald Trump or his associates during the election campaign. We have asked the department to provide us this information before the committee's open hearing scheduled for March 20. 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.feedback

Hu Wen-chi

The Kuomintang believes in former President Ma's innocence and personal integrity.feedback

Tony Porter

What most worries me is the impact of big data and integration of video surveillance. The problem with the Olympic feed is that it has continued in perpetuity. It moved from being a pilot in the Olympic Games to a position that is now untenable. The police need to review why they are retaining that data and get rid of it.feedback

Tony Porter

Surveillance cameras are becoming much more integrated into the internet … The problem is when new and advancing technology is brought together by well-meaning people that actually invades people's privacy, or worse, leaves privacy at risk of theft or uploading on YouTube.feedback

John McCain

The president has one of two choices – either retract or provide the information that the American people deserve.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately. There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, through their – certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways, and microwaves that turn into cameras etcetera, so we know that that is just a fact of modern life.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

That's what investigations are for. So we know that that is just a fact of modern life.feedback

John McCain

I think the president has one of two choices: either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve. If his predecessor violated the law, President Obama violated the law, we have got a serious issue here, to say the least.feedback

Jack Langer

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.feedback

Brandi Collins

We commend Facebook and Instagram for this step and call on all companies who claim to value diversity and justice to also stand up and do what's needed to limit invasive social media surveillance from being used to target Black and Brown people in low-income communities.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

Of course I don't have any evidence for those allegations and that answer had nothing to do with what the president said last week. Microwaves that turn into cameras. On wiretap claims, I have said many times that we are pleased the House/Senate Intel Committees are investigating & will comment after. Response to Bergen Record was about surveillance articles in news & techniques generally, not about campaign. Headline just wrong.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

I'm not in the job of having evidence. That's what investigations are for.feedback

Christopher Bush

The UAS adds significant intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to U.S. Forces Korea and our ROK partners.feedback

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

I'm not Inspector Gadget. I don't believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign. However, I'm not in the job of having evidence. That's what investigations are for. I have said many, many times throughout the week that the president is pleased that the House and Senate intelligence committees have agreed that this should be part of the investigation that already exists about Russia and the campaign, an investigation that apparently has gone nowhere so far.feedback

Malkia A. Cyril

We hope Facebook will encourage other tech companies to refuse to share data for the purposes of wide-scale government surveillance.feedback

Malkia A. Cyril

It's very important right now that tech companies like Facebook take a stand to be human rights champions, because otherwise they'll be used to violate human rights. We need to see a situation where activists don't even have to prompt Facebook to take action. We need to see real consistent and clear enforcement … When the pressure becomes greater, we need to see them stand firm.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

I'm not Inspector Gadget. I don't believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign. What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other. You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets – any number of ways. We know this is a fact of modern life. I'm not in the job of having evidence. That's what investigations are for. Response to Bergen Record was about surveillance articles in news & techniques generally, not about campaign.feedback

Tom Cotton

President Trump said last weekend that he wanted the intelligence committees in the Senate and the House to take up this matter as part of our broader inquiry into Russia's activities into our political system last year. We're going to do exactly that.feedback

Rikki Goodman

The Democrats need to get back on the issues that count. When they talk about whether [President Barack] Obama was wiretapping Trump – that's a flare, that's a distraction. You haven't heard about [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions, and he's doing things that we need to watch out for.feedback

John McCain

President Trump has to provide the American people–not just the intelligence committee, but the American people–with evidence that his predecessor, former president of the Unites States was guilty of breaking the law. Because our Director of National Intelligence, General Clapper, testified that there was absolutely no truth to that allegation. I think the president has one of two choices: Either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve because if his predecessor violated the law -President Obama violated the law-we've got a serious issue here, to say the least.feedback

Adam Schiff

We should be able to determine in fairly short order whether this allegation is true or false.feedback

Nathan White

The NSA leaks were shocking because they revealed mass surveillance that impacted all of us. We're not seeing that here – at least not yet.feedback

Adam Schiff

I think on March 20 if not before we'll be able to put this to rest. ''I don't think anyone has any question about this, George. The only question is why the president would make up such a thing.feedback

John McCain

The president has one of two choices, either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve. I have no reason to believe that the charge is true, but I also believe that the president of the United States could clear this up in a minute. If the allegation is left out there, it undermines the confidence the American people have in the entire way that the government does business. Terrible. Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism.feedback

Sean Spicer

He said that he wasn't aware of anything. I take him at his word that he wasn't aware, but that doesn't mean that it didn't exist.feedback

Lindsey Graham

We would take any abuse of wiretapping authorities for political purposes very seriously.feedback

Sean Spicer

That's probably a level above my pay grade. But as I've mentioned, I think the president believes that the appropriate place for this to be adjudicated is for the House and Senate intelligence committees who have the clearances, the staff, the processes, to go through this, look at it and report back. I think that's what we need to find out. There's obviously a lot of concern. There is no reason to believe there is any type of investigation with respect to the Department of Justice.feedback

Ewen MacAskill

The reporting of the latest Wikileaks material shows the media have now grasped the surveillance threat. But tougher official oversight is what’s really needed. A glance at Wednesday’s newspaper headlines about the hacking capabilities of security services in Britain and the US would have cheered privacy advocates. “Spy in your TV” was the splash in the Sun. The Mirror, also on the front page, had “MI5 bugging smart TVs”. The Times, again on the front, had: “Thousands of CIA spy files posted on internet: British intelligence helped hack TVs and phones”. And the Mail: “How our spooks helped the CIA create ‘spy TVs’”.feedback

Lindsey Graham

We would take any abuse of wiretapping authorities for political purposes very seriously. We would be equally alarmed to learn that a court found enough evidence of criminal activity or contact with a foreign power to legally authorize a wiretap of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower.feedback

Michael Hayden

No. So the only part of the U.S. government that can grant the authority to do that is a federal judge. And if I were to want to do that as director of NSA, I'd have to go to the judge, and I'd have to prove to a level of probable cause that the intended target of the surveillance was either the agent of a foreign power or was involved in some sort of criminal activity. That's what I wondered, what happened on Saturday morning.feedback

David Williams-Mitchell

To ensure people cannot get on to the site in the first place. To have cameras, particularly surveillance cameras. Obviously, every institution is different, so there are different needs for different places.feedback

John Penley - Asheville

For months now the NY Times and many other mainstream news sources has been running stories based on anonymous leaks saying that a massive investigation was going on into Trump and company's Russian dealings based on wiretaps and intel intercepts. Now Obama officials are saying this all never happened so my question is this: Why have the NY Times and others been saying it has for months now basing their stories on anonymous leaks?feedback

Sean Spicer

The President's tweets speak for themselves. What he wants to do is ensure the House and Senate intelligence committees look into this matter to make sure the American people fully understand what may or may not have happened during the 2016 election.feedback

Louise Mensch

They gave me one of the most closely guarded secrets in intelligence. People are speculating why someone trusted me with that. Nobody met me in a darkened alley in a fedora, but they saw me as someone who has political experience and is their friend. I am a pro-national security partisan. I don't have divided loyalties.feedback

John Cornyn

I think all of that is part of the investigation. It needs an investigation so we can find out what the facts are. We'll follow the facts wherever they may lead.feedback

Mark Levin

They're all pivoting, including the media. They were trying to present the case of overwhelming connections, overwhelming concern, overwhelming potential evidence of Trump and the campaign involved with the Russians. Now it's, Wait a minute. No.' ... Now they're saying, Wait a minute. We didn't have a FISA warrant. We didn't do these wiretaps, eavesdropping, electronic surveillance.' Now the media are completely confounded.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

FBI Director James Comey was “incredulous” over the weekend after President Donald Trump’s allegation via Twitter that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of his phones during the campaign, a person familiar with the matter told CNN.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Don't let the FAKE NEWS tell you that there is big infighting in the Trump Admin. We are getting along great, and getting major things done! This will be investigated. It will all come out. I will be proven right.feedback

Adam Schiff

It's a nonsense request designed to cover up a nonsense tweet. I don't think anyone takes the president's tweets seriously anymore, and certainly not these.feedback

Devin Nunes

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.feedback

Devin Nunes

At this point, we don't have any evidence of that. As you all know, the president is a neophyte in politics. And I think a lot of the things he says, you guys sometimes take literally. Sometimes he doesn't have 27 lawyers and staff looking at what he does … I don't think we should attack the president for tweeting.feedback

John McCain

I think that the first thing has to happen, is the president should tell the American people where he got the information that the previous president of the United States was violating the law.feedback

Dan Cassino

The call that Levin and other hosts have made is: we're not going to talk about areas of disagreement.feedback

Sean Spicer

It's not a question of new proof or less proof or whatever, it's about bringing in Congress to get to the bottom of this.feedback

Sean Spicer

I think depending on a lot of things you don't want to say we're going accept everything they do. We're going to let congress work its will. If we have a problem with any of the conclusions we'll let it be known. It could be FISA, it could be surveillance. I think [Trump] has made it clear that there's continued reports that's been out there. I'm not going to continue to - I think the president has made it clear yesterday that he wants Congress to go in and look at this.feedback

Jason Chaffetz

Thus far, I have not seen anything directly that would support what the president has said.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

Let me answer that globally. He is the President of the United States. He has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not. And that's the way it should be for Presidents. As Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia said on a different show today, Jeanine, the President receives different intelligence than everyone else.feedback

David Pozen

This seems more ad hoc and personalized than the normal way in which presidents can push to get things out to public when they think would it be appropriate to do so. But it's also so vague what we're talking about that it's not clear there's any order from a FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court that conforms to what President Trump is describing.feedback

Andrew Parry - Hermes Investment Management

The revelations over the weekend about Trump accusing Obama of wiretapping with no evidence, I think these are all quite worrying signals about the behavior of the leader of the Free World and actually there seems to be no discount whatsoever for any political risk in America, whereas there definitely is a discount in Europe for political risk.feedback

Marco Rubio

Suffice it to say I don't have any basis – I've never heard that allegation made before by anybody. I've never seen anything about that anywhere before.feedback

Sarah de Lange

He is very skilled at projecting himself as someone who is not part of the establishment, who is outside politics, who is not tainted by traditional politics. The fact that he's been under police surveillance for more than a decade now helps him make that claim, because he does not participate in many of the traditional political events that take place.feedback

Jason Chaffetz

I have not seen anything directly that would support what the president has said. I got to believe, I think, he might have something there. But if not, we're going to find out.feedback

Jim Himes

That judgment would have been made by a federal judge. And that of course points to the possibility, if any of that is true, that there is probable cause for law enforcement to say that there is something wrong at Trump Tower.feedback

Devin Nunes

The Committee will make inquiries into whether the government was conducting surveillance on any political party's campaign officials or surrogates. We will continue to investigate this issue if the evidence warrants it.feedback

James R. Clapper Jr.

There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time as a candidate or against his campaign.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

He is the president of the United States. He has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not.feedback

Ross Baker

It's sort of like getting nibbled to death by ducks.feedback

Marco Rubio

I'm not sure what the genesis of that statement was. I'm not going to be a part of a witch hunt, but I'm also not going to be a part of a cover-up. Suffice it to say I don't have any basis – I've never heard that allegation made before by anybody. But again, the president put that out there, and now the White House will have to answer as to exactly what he was referring to.feedback

James Clapper

I can't speak officially anymore, but I will say that for the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president the president elect at the time or as a candidate or against his campaign.feedback

Josh Earnest

This may come as a surprise to the current occupant of the Oval Office, but the president of the United States does not have the authority to unilaterally order the wiretapping of American citizens. We know exactly why President Trump tweeted what he tweeted. There is one page in the Trump White House crisis management playbook, and that is simply to tweet or say something outrageous to distract from a scandal. And the bigger the scandal, the more outrageous the tweet.feedback

Sean Spicer

President Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.feedback

Christopher Ruddy - Newsmax

I spoke with the President twice yesterday about the wiretap story. I haven't seen him this pissed off in a long time. When I mentioned Obama 'denials' about the wiretaps, he shot back: 'This will be investigated, it will all come out. I will be proven right.feedback

Kevin Lewis

A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice ... as part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.feedback

James Clapper

I can deny it. Not to my knowledge. I can't speak for other authorized entities in the government or a state or local entity. We did not include anything in our report … that had any reflect of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. There was no evidence of that included in our report. We had no evidence of such collusion. Yes, I do.feedback

Luke A. Nichter

The Nixon tapes show that Nixon always thought that Johnson taped his 1968 campaign, and possibly Nixon himself. Nixon said that it was J. Edgar Hoover who told him this. However, based on the available records, the closest to wiretapping Nixon that L.B.J. ever came was monitoring the phone calls out of Spiro Agnew's campaign plane.feedback

Robert Dallek

He is either ignorant of recent presidential history or simply doesn't care.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

I saw what former Attorney General Mukasey said yesterday on a different network, that he thinks it's probably right or correct.feedback

Charles S. Haight Jr.

It is a historical fact that as the decades passed, one group or another came to be targeted by police surveillance activity.feedback

Kevin Lewis

A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.feedback

James Clapper

For the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If this happened … this is the largest abuse of power that, I think, we have ever seen.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

The president is the deflector-in-chief, anything to change the subject from where the heat is, . We don't do that. It's called a wrap-up smear. You make up something. It's a tool of an authoritarian, to just have you always be talking about what you want them to be talking about. Rather than Russia, we're talking about, did President Obama do thus and so? He certainly did not.feedback

Tom Cotton

We're going to follow the facts wherever they lead us. And I'm sure that this matter will be a part of that inquiry. ''That doesn't mean that none of these things happened. It simply means I haven't seen that yet.feedback

Louise Mensch

The FISA warrant was granted in connection with the investigation of suspected activity between the server [in Trump Tower] and two banks, SVB Bank and Alfa Bank. However, it is thought in the intelligence community that the warrant covers any 'US person' connected to this investigation, and thus covers Donald Trump and at least three further men who have either formed part of his campaign or acted as his media surrogates.feedback

Mark W. Warner

This feels like an attempt where the president is trying to distract us by throwing out unsubstantiated information. To make that type of claim without any evidence is, I think, very reckless.feedback

James Clapper

Certainly the Russians have to be chortling about the success of their efforts to sew dissension in this country.feedback

Ben Sasse

If it was with a legal FISA Court order, then an application for surveillance exists that the Court found credible.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

If this happened, once again this would be the greatest abuse of power and overreach.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I'm very worried that our president is suggesting that the former president has done something illegally.feedback

Roger Stone

What the president doesn't understand is he has more power than he knows. He needs to clean house. Just clean house! Hand the pink slips to everybody. . . . Lock them out of their offices and tell the FBI to start going through their emails and phone messages.feedback

Thomas J. Barrack Jr.

He's angry, and he thinks that the leaks – even forgetting the rhetoric on politics – are a significant problem that hurts the security of the country. He feels if he can't rely on his team, if he were negotiating with North Korea on something sensitive and death by a thousand leaks continued, he views that as really being disruptive to the security of America.feedback

Ben Sasse

We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust, and the President's allegations today demand the thorough and dispassionate attention of serious patriots.feedback

Kevin Lewis

A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.feedback

Matthew Waxman

Both criminal and foreign intelligence wiretaps have onerous and strict processes of approval that require not only multiple levels of internal Justice Department review, but also require court review and approval.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I was tough on him, he was tough on me, and I like him, he likes me. I think he likes me. I mean, you're going to have to ask him, but I think he likes me. I think he is behind it. I think that President Obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it.feedback

Kevin Lewis

A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving [The Celebrity Apprentice], he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to a great show.feedback

Bruce Green

It would obviously be improper for the government to seek wiretap authorization for partisan political purposes, rather than legitimate criminal investigative or national security purposes as set out in the application to the court. In prior administrations, if a President directed the Attorney General or another government lawyer to seek wiretap authorization for illegitimate reasons, the lawyer would have been expected to try to dissuade the President and, if the President persisted in giving this order, to refuse and/or resign.feedback

Clint Watts

They deliberately withhold that because they don't want the president to get involved in an ongoing investigation. They play by a really strict rulebook at DoJ.feedback

Bruce Green

An ethical government lawyer would be expected to disclose the President's involvement to the court, which could then be expected to deny authorization.feedback

Bardis Vakili

I think they are trying to avoid transparency and engage in forms of surveillance. We don't know what's done other than it goes into their lab and is kept in a database.feedback

Donald J. Trump

How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy! Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show.feedback

Robert Costa - The Washington Post

Per an official, I've confirmed that several people at the White House have been circulating this Breitbart story.feedback

Gwenda Blair

What took him so long? It's like muscle memory for him. Where's the opening, the little place he can lodge a dart where it's not going to be so easy to remove? It's not so easy for the Obama White House to comment where any sort of electronic surveillance is going on.feedback

Benjamin J. Rhodes

No president can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you.feedback