Kellyanne Conway has no problem backing up her boss’s claims that Obama had his “wires tapped” in Trump Tower. But ask her for proof, and suddenly she’s walking back as fast as she can.
Yesterday she was saying “You can surveil people through their phones, through their — certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways. And microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera.”
This morning, however, she’s claiming that she was talking about surveillance in general, not the specific accusations that Obama was tapping Trump’s phones.
Appearing on CNN, Conway said:
“I’m not Inspector Gadget,” she said. “I don’t believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign.”
“However,” she continued, “I’m not in the job of having evidence. That’s what investigations are for. I have said many, many times throughout the week that the president is pleased that the House and Senate intelligence committees have agreed that this should be part of the investigation that already exists about Russia and the campaign, an investigation that apparently has gone nowhere so far.”
The reality is that the administration has no evidence to support the President’s twitter rants on the subject. House Inteligence Committee chairman Rep Devin Nunes (R-Calif) and the panel’s ranking Democrat, Rep Adam Schiff (D-Calif) sent Trump a letter over the weekend demanding proof of the claims that Obama authorised any surveillance of candidate Trump during the run up to the election. That deadline has come and gone, and no administration spokesperson has come forward with anything resembling proof.
Instead, Sean Spicer is telling the press that Trump didn’t really mean wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping and that he didn’t really mean Obama himself when he said:
“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
It’s a sad day for America when the White House Staff has to spend so much time cleaning up after their boss’s lies!
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