'No question that something happened' with wiretapping, Spicer says
- Author: Joey Payne Mar 07, 2017,
Mar 07, 2017, 0:24
Attorney-general Jeff Sessions, under fire for misleading Congress about his own contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., recused himself last week from any "existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States". "There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time, as a candidate or against his campaign", said James Clapper, former director of national intelligence.
President Trump's surrogates have defended his unsubstantiated claim that the Obama administration tapped his phones by saying he knows things that others don't.
"Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election?"
Trump did not stop tweeting there. Turned down by court earlier.
"Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement. Spicer did not respond to inquiries about citing those reports.
"The New York Times calls the story false, the Federal Bureau of Investigation comes out and says it's BS, the House Intelligence Committee says there's no evidence, yet the people of the media continue to report a false narrative that there are connections between the Trump campaign and the Russians when there simply aren't".
While he said that the White House believes Congress is the right body to look into this further, he also noted that if the White House has "a problem with one of the conclusions, we'll let it be known".
Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who served as the director of both the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency, said Monday morning that he viewed Clapper's response as a denial that Trump aides were specifically targeted by the FISA warrant - not as a denial that a warrant was granted to surveil foreign actors operating inside the USA that might have been communicating with Trump aides. There are only assertions which, through force of will, he thinks he can make "true"; fantasies with a patina of truthiness that hold an unbreakable grip on his mind. According to senior officials speaking to the newspaper, Comey made the call because Trump's claim wrongly insinuates that his organization broke the law.
The White House's escalation of Trump's claims were kept at arm's length by congressional Republicans appearing on Sunday morning news broadcasts. "This will be investigated", said the president to a friend, in a conversation relayed to the Washington Post.
Barack and Michelle Obama were all smiles in the wake of President Donald Trump's wiretapping claims.
"Absolutely, I can deny it", Clapper, who left government when Trump took office, told NBC's "Meet the Press". "Any suggestion otherwise is simply false", Lewis said.
"Does he know of possibility there might be a confrontation and be fired by the president?"
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