on 06 Mar 2017 22:06
White House on the defensive over wiretapping allegation
The White House struggled to answer questions Monday about President Trump’s unsubstantiated assertion that President Obama illegally wiretapped him during the 2016 campaign.
Officials stood by Trump’s claim, but said the onus is on Congress to find proof.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly said he would let “the tweets speak for themselves,” prompting chuckles from reporters during his daily media briefing, which was conducted off-camera.
Trump stayed out of sight, even as he signed a new executive order on travel and met with Cabinet members, leaving his aides to defend his extraordinary accusation.
Spicer provided no new evidence to back up the president’s wiretapping claim during the 63-minute briefing, which was dominated by Trump’s weekend tweets.
The only comments Spicer cited were made by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who on Sunday said Trump was likely right that there was some surveillance on Trump Tower, but wrong that Obama ordered it.
Mukasey cautioned that his comments were based on news reports, not firsthand information.
“If we start down the rabbit hole of discussing some of this stuff, I think that we end up in a very difficult place,” Spicer said.
on 07 Mar 2017 14:56
on 07 Mar 2017 16:00
coach wrote:You know, the most insane thing about all this is that it has only been a little over a month since we was sworn in. Can you imagine how it's going to be 2 years in? I can't even fathom how much of a mess it is going to be.
on 07 Mar 2017 21:39
JMT wrote:"The truth is more important now than ever."
NYT flip flops on Trump wiretapping
on 09 Mar 2017 09:07
Early into Wednesday’s briefing, Mr. Spicer stuck to the policy he has followed since the storm broke over Mr. Trump’s posts. Asked whether the president was the target of a counterintelligence inquiry, he replied: “I think that’s what we need to find out. There’s obviously a lot of concern.”
But after an aide slipped Mr. Spicer a note, he circled back to clarify that “there is no reason to believe there is any type of investigation with respect to the Department of Justice.” The press secretary insisted he was not disavowing the president, who posted his tweets early on Saturday morning from Mar-a-Lago, his resort in Palm Beach, Fla.
“The tweet dealt with wiretaps,” Mr. Spicer said. “The other is an investigation. They are two separate issues.”
While the F.B.I. is conducting a wide-ranging counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election, there is no public evidence that Mr. Trump is a target. The Justice Department defines “target” as someone whom investigators have substantial evidence against and who is likely to be indicted.
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