- The Washington Times - Monday, March 6, 2017

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House oversight committee, said Monday he hasn’t seen any direct information yet that would back up President Trump’s claims that former President Barack Obama ordered wiretaps on phones in Trump Tower last year.

“Thus far, I have not seen anything directly that would support what the president has said,” Mr. Chaffetz, Utah Republican, said on “CBS This Morning.”

“It’s a very serious allegation. The president has at his fingertips tens of billions of dollars in intelligence apparatus,” he said.

“I got to believe I think he might have something there, but if not we’re going to find out,” he said.

Mr. Chaffetz did try to contact FBI Director James B. Comey over the weekend to hear what he had to say about it, he said.

The New York Times reported that Mr. Comey asked the Justice Department over the weekend to reject Mr. Trump’s claims.

“I think it is interesting the Department of Justice has not yet weighed in on this and look forward to hearing what they’re going to say,” Mr. Chaffetz said.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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