Are Trump, Obama Friends? Wiretapping Claims Prompt Dialogue Between President, Predecessor Advisers
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 09, 2017,
Mar 09, 2017, 12:24
"President Trump's tweets Saturday morning were not part of a deep strategy or clever misdirection play-at least not one known to anyone other than the president himself", he reported based off conversations with sources.
White House surrogates struggled to explain the allegations on Sunday talk shows and cited no evidence or further details.
What prompted Trump to make his assertions Saturday?
Obama spokesperson Kevin Lewis responded to the claims, saying that a "cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice". House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., at a press conference Tuesday, seemed to downplay Trump's tweets - while announcing his committee would hold its first public hearing March 20 on the broader issue. The wiretapping has been discussed in The New York Times, BBC, Fox News and we believe that it should be looked at by the House Intelligence Committee. White House officials have yet to offer any proof to back Trump's claim, instead suggesting that the matter should be investigated. You can see a clip of his interview in the video below.
"I think that's what we need to find out.The president has made clear he has no interest in Russian Federation and yet a lot of these stories that come out with respect to that are, frankly, fake", said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
But it is highly unusual for the director of the nation's intelligence service to challenge a sitting president in this way and - since attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation last week - Comey has reportedly struggled to find an authority able to respond to his request to the White House.
Two leading Senate Judiciary Committee senators are asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice to hand over any warrant applications related to possible wiretaps of President Donald Trump and his team, after Trump accused his predecessor of illegally tracking his conversations. "All I saw was a published news report".
The FBI and Justice Department declined to comment to the newspaper.
"No president can order a wiretap".