WH Spox: Trump Doesn't Believe Comey Denial On Crazy Wiretapping Claim

Posted March 09, 2017

Questioning the president's truthfulness, Comey's extraordinary measure provides an indication of the implications of the uncharted territory Trump has entered with his accusation. He added that Trump's tweets should be taken "at face value" and pushed back on reports the White House was attempting to walk back the claims.

"Do you think Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey should speak out publicly about this?" co-host Anthony Mason asked.

The New York Times on March 5 cited senior us officials as saying FBI Director James Comey wants the Justice Department to dispute the claim because it falsely insinuates that the FBI broke the law.

Representative Nancy Pelosi said Mr Trump is following the playbook of making something up, having the media report it and then saying everybody is writing about it.

The White House now wants Congress to probe the allegations, while defending Trump for making them.

In other words, Comey had an incentive to push back against Trump's freakish conspiracy theory, not because of Obama, but to defend the bureau.

Earlier today, White House categorically denied offering any proof on Trump's charges, while stressing that the President in no manner has regrets over his allegations.

"The President said it did take place", Raddatz began.

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Early Saturday morning, Trump said on Twitter that he "Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory". He equated the alleged tapping to the Nixon/Watergate scandal and called it "McCarthyism".

During an appearance on ABC News, former press secretary Josh Earnest said the Trump administration was attempting to distract people from its alleged ties to Russian officials.

The revelation, first reported by The New York Times, underscores the fraught nature of the FBI's high-profile investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Conway countered that when Clapper denied the existence of Trump campaign surveillance, he later left open the possibility that the wiretapping came from another source. At the same time, the denials by former Obama officials are underwhelming.

"It was a startling and serious allegation about a former president, made in a series of four tweets on March 4".

"There is clearly a role that Congress can play in their oversight", Spicer said. They have two sources with links to the counterintelligence community.

When asked by a reporter about his personal feelings on the issue, he declined to elaborate.

"I think if the president has information on something like that, I imagine that he'll be forthcoming", Rubio said.