Why the White House defense of Trump wiretap accusation is misleading

With a portrait of then-first lady Hillary Clinton looming over his right shoulder, President Trump surprised a group of visitors Tuesday on the first public tour of the White House since the inauguration.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will recuse himself from any current or future investigations into Russia's possible link with Trump's presidential campaign, after admitting that he met with Kislyak twice a year ago but did not reveal it at the Senate hearings for his confirmation.

About 80 students from George Walton Academy in Monroe, Ga. were at the White House for their annual school trip, but unfortunately, they just missed a sighting of the President. "If the President of the United States said that, he's got his reasons to say it".

Earnest said a stark difference between Trump and former President Barack Obama is Obama relished the opportunity to marshal facts to make an argument.

Sims took a leave of absence from Yellowhammer to work for the Trump campaign as a communications strategist. Compounding the situation was the revelation last week that former US senator and now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an early Trump campaign supporter, had met twice with the Russian ambassador but didn't disclose that to lawmakers when he was asked about it during his Senate confirmation hearing. (The White House did not send the Guardian over as evidence.) Importantly, these sources do not back up Trump's accusation that Obama himself ordered the wiretap as part of political sabotage. "He has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not".

Maine's US senators have voiced concern over President Trump's unsubstantiated claims that former President Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped during the presidential campaign.

"The FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counterintelligence permission to examine the activities of "U.S. persons" in Donald Trump's campaign with ties to Russian Federation", reads a line from the HeatStreet piece.

Previous media reports have indicated that U.S. prosecutors investigated communications between a server registered to the Trump Organization and a Russian bank.

Obama's director of national intelligence James Clapper told NBC there was "no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time as a candidate or against his campaign". The department has not made any statement.

  • Arturo Norris