Trump fails to provide evidence Obama was eavesdropping on him
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 15, 2017,
Mar 15, 2017, 18:07
Defending the President's allegations which are yet to be supported by evidence, Mr Spicer implied that by placing the word "wire tapping" in quotation marks, Mr Trump had been referring to a "whole host of surveillance types".
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday conceded there may be a network of federal government employees resisting President Trump - the "deep state".
Colbert joked that his show was actually filmed by a microwave and had one positioned on top of a tripod before the comedian opened the door and whispered: 'President Obama.
US President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama walk out of the East front prior to Obama's departure from the 2017 Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USç January 20, 2017.
"We have asked the department to provide us this information before the committee's open hearing scheduled for March 20", said spokesman Jake Langer in a statement. Trump hasn't provided evidence and Obama has denied the charge. Earlier this week, Kellyanne Conway - who did not particularly appear to be joking - said that this sort of kitchen-based spying is a very real part of the 21st Century.
The administration has not produced proof for Trump's allegation, made in a flurry of March 3 tweets, placing the onus on the congressional committees already probing Russia's interference into the presidential election. "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", he said in a statement.
The president ignored questions again about his accusations former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.
Trump has not commented on the wiretaps since the tweets. "This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"
They have been given until 20th of March - the day the House intelligence committee is due to start public hearings into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election - to provide the information.
The US justice department has asked for more time to provide evidence to back up Mr Trump's claim.