President Donald J. Trump tweeted almost two weeks ago on a Saturday morning that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had the "wires tapped" in Trump Tower before the presidential election. President Trump went as far as to ask in a tweet if it was "legal" for a sitting president to "tap the wires" of a candidate for president. Trump labeled the "false charge" against Obama as McCarthyism. Many have questioned the veracity of the statement and no public or elected officials claim to believe the tweet.

As a final nail in the coffin, Reuters reported that early Thursday afternoon, the two leaders of the U.S.

Senate Intelligence Committee sent out a statement debunking the charge against President Obama.

Senate Intel leaders shut down claims that any 'wiretapping' of Trump Tower occurred

Senate Intelligence Republican Chairman Richard Burr of South Carolina and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, said based on the available information, that there was "no indication" of any type of surveillance of Trump or of Trump Tower, either before Election Day 2016 or after Election Day 2016.

This unambiguous and declarative statement by the two influential and respected U.S.

Senators puts an end to this saga. However, it does not truly end until the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, walks back this statement and corrects the record because of his standing in the United States and the world. In the aftermath of this claim by both senators, it will be interesting to see what happens next.

House Speaker Ryan sees no evidence of 'wiretapping'

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, had said as much earlier in the day, saying that "no such wiretap existed." Speaker Ryan was echoing the statement of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California, who also said that we do not have evidence that "wiretapping" took place.

President Trump said in an interview that he did not necessarily mean "wiretapping" of a phone, but meant that "wiretapping" in quotes meant a variety of other things.