Trump Team Struggles To Back Track As Deadline Approaches For Proof Of Obama Spying

Published March 13, 2017
Published March 13, 2017

The House Intelligence Committee gave the Department of Justice a March 13 deadline to provide evidence that Obama wiretapped Trump.

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Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesCounselor to President, Kellyanne Conway

It’s the Trump administration’s last day to present evidence of wiretapping during the campaign and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway has got to be dizzy from all of her spinning.

Since the president has presented absolutely no reason to suggest that his 6:30 a.m. tweet accusing Obama of tapping his phones during the election is even remotely based in fact, it’s been up to Conway to try and make sense of the claim on the talk show circuit.

When asked by New Jersey’s Bergen County Record if she believes Trump’s claim, Conway responded with a comment on technological advances.

“There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, through their…certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways,” she said. “And microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera. We know that that is just a fact of modern life.”

Microwaves turn into cameras? Must be an “alternative fact” of modern life.

A few days later, Conway said she was just kidding about the microwave thing.

“I’m not Inspector Gadget,” she told CNN. “I don’t believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign.”

The House Intelligence Committee has agreed to look into the claims along with its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

It gave the Department of Justice a Monday, March 13 deadline to provide evidence, which committee member Rep. Adam Schiff said he doesn’t expect to see.

“What is the existing investigation about?” Conway asked on The Recorder. “Oh, it’s about the campaign’s connection to Russia. What are these connections? I mean, talk about something with very little…or any proof.”

She then went on to talk more about the allegations that Obama’s administration spied on Trump, for which she has no proof.

“I’m not in the job of having evidence,” she told CNN. “That’s what investigations are for.”

This investigation, though, might be over before it starts. As the clock winds down, prominent Republicans work to distance themselves from the claims.

“The president is a neophyte to politics,” Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told reporters last Tuesday. “He’s been doing this a little over a year. I think a lot of the things he says, I think you guys sometimes take literally.”

The President of the United States should not, according to Nunes, be taken literally.

Sen. John McCain called on Trump on Sunday to use the country’s intelligence agencies as sources, rather than getting his information from Breitbart News — which is how a White House official said the conspiracy theory was brought to the president’s attention in the first place.

“I have no reason to believe that the charge is true, but I also believe that the President of the United States could clear this up in a minute,” McCain told CNN. “All he has to do is pick up the phone, call the director of the CIA, director of national intelligence and say, ‘OK, what happened?'”

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