White House aides defend Trump's wiretapping claim
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 08, 2017,
Mar 08, 2017, 7:39
In other White House Press Briefing news, Spicer got asked whether, as millions of Americans are filing out their tax former, Trump will release his taxes, and is he still under audit on those earlier tax filings. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Spicer said Trump still is under audit and that he would follow up on that question.
The House and Senate intelligence committees, and the FBI, are investigating contacts between Trump's campaign and Russian officials, as well as whether Moscow tried to influence the 2016 election.
Earnest was one of several former Obama administration officials who dismissed Trump's allegation on Saturday.
Officials (likely Obama-era holdovers) have broken the law and leaked what they hoped would be damaging info. "Any suggestion otherwise is simply false", Lewis said.
Trump, who was taking "meetings and phone calls" at his golf course in West Palm Beach, Florida, has not commented publicly on the allegations.
Trump said the alleged wiretapping took place in his Trump Tower office and apartment building in NY, but there was "nothing found".
Citing still undefined "reports" of "politically motivated investigations", press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump was calling on Congress to "determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016". "He has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not".
"There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign", said Clapper.
During the same White House news conference, Spicer also said he had no information that would lead him to believe the president had lost faith in James B. Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, despite reports that Comey had asked the Justice Department to reject Trump's claim. Through a spokesman Saturday, Obama denied wiretapping Trump, and on Sunday, former former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he knew of no effort to seek wiretaps against Trump during his tenure. "The FBI made the request because such wiretapping would be illegal, since the President can not just order eavesdropping of a United States citizen's phones, sources said", CNN reported. "Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you", Rhodes wrote on Twitter. Other aspects of the investigation can wait until this matter is resolved.
But Trump doesn't avail himself of this unique access to unlimited information, because he has conservative media outlets filling his mind with odd ideas.
Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned in February after revelations that he had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office.
"Every time he tweets, every time these issues come up that indicate that there's obviously something to this Russian Federation issue, and the administration is not cooperating when that happens, when he accuses a past president of wiretapping without any evidence of that being the case, it makes us vulnerable..."