Transcript for FBI Director James Comey attends private meeting with top lawmakers
There is a developing headline here at home tonight. A late-day visit to capitol hill by the director of the FBI who is under mounting pressure from key lawmakers who want to know, is there any evidence at all that president Obama wiretapped trump tower before the election as president trump has claimed? Director James Comey meeting with lawmakers behind closed doors. Sources telling ABC news tonight that Comey was summoned to discuss several national security issue, including the bombshell claim. ABC's Mary Bruce on capitol hill with what she has learned so far. Reporter: Tonight, FBI director James Comey arriving on capitol hill. Today, summoned to brief key lawmakers on Russian meddling in the election and answer questions about president trump's explosive charge that president Obama had trump tower wiretapped during the campaign. It's now been five days since trump tweeted, this is nixon/watergate, attacking his predecessor as a bad (or sick) Guy. I think POTUS stated categorically that trump tower was wiretapped. He should be -- should come forward with the information that led to that conclusion. Reporter: Less than 24 hours ago, two senators sent a letter to the justice department demanding the FBI produce any evidence that might exist. Late today on capitol hill, leaders seen rushing into the classified briefing. When reporters asked, democratic senator mark Warner if he'd heard any evidence to back up the president's claim, Warner's response? I have seen no evidence. Comey himself today, saying nothing. Any evidence you see that president Obama ordered a wiretap at trump tower? Reporter: Privately, the FBI director has unsuccessfully implored the justice department to refute the president's claims. But in an interview with ABC news, the director of national intelligence during the campaign was blunt. There was no wiretap against trump tower during the campaign conducted by any part of the national intelligence community. Reporter: President Obama, all smiles at a recent visit to a Washington museum, but privately, his aides say he is irritated by trump's accusation. He may not be the only one. White house officials have now been pressed again and again on whether they agree with the president. Vice president Mike pence sitting down today for a local interview on health care, but confronted with questions about the alleged wiretapping. Yes or no? Do you believe that president Obama did that? Well, what I can say is that the president and our administration are very confident that the congressional committees in the house and senate that are examining issues surrounding the last election, the run-up to the last election, will do that in a thorough and equitable way. And so Mary Bruce with us live on capitol hill tonight. Mary, you reported that senator Warner said, quote, I have seen no evidence, but we don't know what Comey was asked, and how much he offered on this wiretapping claim? Reporter: That's right, David. The second of these two meetings with the director just ended moments ago. These are closed-door briefings, with classified material. The director is asking the justice department to refute the claims. David. Mary Bruce on capitol hill again tonight.
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