Amateur president Donald Trump finally broke his silence after unleashing conspiratorial claims on Twitter in which he accused Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones before the election. Team Trump has been twisting themselves into a pretzel trying to defend the former reality show star after he made the claims without offering proof. However, there is no evidence to back up Trump’s crazy-time claim.
“We don’t have any evidence that that took place,” Rep Devin Nunes, Republican of California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said at a news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill. “In fact, I don’t believe — in the last week of time, people we’ve talked to, I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.”
So Trump pretty much stands alone in his unprecedented attack on his predecessor.
Trump defended his unsubstantiated claim by saying, “Wiretap covers a lot of different things,” in an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson set to air Wednesday night, according to The Hill. “I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.”
White House press secretary at first defended Trump’s fact-free claims then appeared to backtrack on Tuesday.
“He doesn’t really think that President Obama went up and tapped his phone personally,” Spicer said.
“Are you going to take the tweets literally? And if you are, then clearly the president was wrong,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Wednesday.
In one tweet, Trump wrote, “I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!”
In another, he tweeted, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
The House Intelligence Committee had requested records from several agencies related to Trump’s growing Russian influence scandal, including any information the Department of Justice might have about his recent Twitter accusations, with a deadline set for this past Monday.
And the best Trump could come up with is to offer a different definition for ‘wiretap.’
Definition of wiretap: “to tap a telephone or telegraph wire in order to get information.” The word ‘wiretap’ does not ‘cover a lot of different things,’ Mr. Trump.
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