Schiff: Trump wiretapping allegations 'patently false'

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee on Sunday said President Trump’s claims that former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ Democrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration Trump’s first year in office was the year of the woman MORE wiretapped Trump Tower are “patently false.”

“We are at the bottom. There is nothing at the bottom,” Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mueller has subpoenaed Bannon in Russia probe: report MORE (D-Calif.) told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” disputing a claim by Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats search for 51st net neutrality vote Overnight Tech: States sue FCC over net neutrality repeal | Senate Dems reach 50 votes on measure to override repeal | Dems press Apple on phone slowdowns, kids' health | New Android malware found Overnight Regulation: Dems claim 50 votes in Senate to block net neutrality repeal | Consumer bureau takes first step to revising payday lending rule | Trump wants to loosen rules on bank loans | Pentagon, FDA to speed up military drug approvals MORE (R-Maine) that lawmakers must get to the bottom of Trump’s claims.

Schiff said he expects FBI Director James Comey, who will testify Monday about the probe into Russia’s interference in the United States presidential election, will definitively put an end to Trump's allegations.

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Trump, without evidence, on March 4 accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower before the November election. Obama, through a spokesman, denied that he or any White House official ordered surveillance.

“What the president said was just patently false, and the wrecking ball it created now has banged into our British allies and our Germany allies,” Schiff said Sunday.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer last week accused the United Kingdom of aiding Obama in surveilling Trump Tower, reiterating a claim  from a Fox News analyst. A spokesperson for Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency dismissed the allegation.

“It’s continuing to grow in terms of damage, and he needs to put an end to this,” Schiff added.