President Donald Trump has issued a series of tweets praising Fox News for recent reporting that alleges evidence that the Obama administration had ordered surveillance of his campaign.
On March 3, the Trump took to social media to assert that a segment aired on "Fox & Friends" had vindicated his claim that former President Barack Obama had ordered surveillance of his presidential campaign, Politico reports.
"Such amazing reporting on unmasking and the crooked scheme against us by [Fox & Friends]," Trump tweeted out. "'Spied on before nomination.' The real story."
That morning, the Fox News morning show had hosted reporter Adam Housley, who alleged that multiple sources had told him that former national security adviser Susan Rice had requested the names of Trump transition officials who incidentally had been surveilled for potentially illicit communications to be unmasked and shared among Obama administration officials, Fox News reports.
During the morning show segment, Housley added that he had been told "there was electronic surveillance of Trump and the people close to Donald Trump, including some supporters for up to a year before [the] inauguration... It's unprecedented, I'm told, the way this was done."
Housley's accusation is fresh and requires further reporting to substantiate. Trump tweeted out the Fox News reporters' quote as evidence that he had been correct in accusing Obama of wiretapping him.
On March 4, the president took to social media to accuse his predecessor of ordering surveillance of Trump Tower.
"Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory," Trump tweeted out.
On March 20, FBI Director James Comey stated before Congress that there was no evidence within the Department of Justice to substantiate Trump's accusation.
"I have no information that supports those tweets," Comey said during his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, The Washington Post reports. He added that no president could order a wiretap.
The chairman of the HIC, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, has faced calls for recusal from his Democratic colleagues after publicly announcing the incidental surveillance of Trump transition officials. He had obtained that information from two White House officials.
Housley's reporting asserts that Nunes had known since January that the names of the Trump transition officials had been allegedly unmasked.
Another member of the HIC, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, took to social media to blast the Fox News reporting.
"I'm not buying GOP 'unmasking' claim," Swalwell tweeted out. "It's more #RussianHacking deflection."
Both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees are currently investigating the U.S. Intelligence Committee's consensus that the Russian government had meddled in the 2016 presidential election and whether or not the Trump campaign was involved. Comey has confirmed that the FBI is investigating members of the Trump campaign for possible collusion with Russian officials.