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 ObamaWhite House to share info on ethics waivers White House considering vetting Trump’s tweets: report Clinton knocks Trump inauguration crowd size claims MORE wiretapped Trump Tower are “patently false.”

“We are at the bottom. There is nothing at the bottom,” Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffFlurry of leaks alarms US allies House lawmakers pitch ban on North Korean tourism Overnight Cybersecurity: Bad Russian intel may have swayed Comey's handling of Clinton probe | Apple sees spike in data requests | More subpoenas for Flynn | DOJ's plan for data warrants MORE (D-Calif.) told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” disputing a claim by Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsSenate takes lead on Trump’s infrastructure proposal Navy leaders defend Trump's lackluster ship budget Overnight Healthcare: CBO fallout | GOP senators distance themselves from House bill | Trump budget chief blasts score | Schumer says House bill belongs 'in the trash' 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.