Trump still believes he was wiretapped despite Senate Intelligence Committee report

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

Even after the Senate Intelligence Committee refuted claims that President Donald Trump was wiretapped, Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended the president’s accusation. The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a statement on Thursday, March 16, 2017, saying Trump was not wiretapped during the presidential campaign or the transition period. Afterward, Spicer defended Trump’s claim during the daily press briefing. The president has been accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping but has failed to provide public proof.

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., issued a joint statement on Thursday. The committee leaders wrote, “Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016.”

The day before on Wednesday, March 15, the House Intelligence Committee leaders made the same conclusions. Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif. held a press conference where he announced, “We don’t have any evidence that that took place. … I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.”

Trump first made the accusation against his predecessor on March 4, in a series of four tweets on Twitter. Trump wrote, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

President Obama’s spokesman vehemently denied the accusation. The former president’s spokesman stated, “No White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

President Trump elaborated in an interview on Fox News Wednesday evening. The president clarified, “When I say wiretapping, those words were in quotes. That really covers — because wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff — but that really covers surveillance and many other things.”

Despite Congressional leaders, claiming there is no evidence from the FBI that the president was wiretapped his press secretary is defending his bosses’ assertions. At the Daily Press Briefing on Thursday Spicer remarked, “They’re not findings. There’s a statement out today they have not begun this. Two days ago, the Department of Justice asked for an additional week. The statement clearly says at this time that they don’t believe that.”

Source: ABC News Radio Online

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