A deadline set by a Congressional committee for the Department of Justice to produce evidence supporting President Trump’s wiretapping claim has come and gone. In a statement, Department of Justice spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores said: “This afternoon, the Department of Justice placed calls to representatives of the chairman and ranking member of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to ask for additional time to review the request in compliance with the governing legal authorities and to determine what if any responsive documents may exist.”
Allow me to translate: “Mr. President, We looked around for a week to try and find anything to support your totally unsubstantiated conspiracy theory, but we need more time. Our hope is this story goes away with your next tweet ,that will undoubtedly be untethered to reality, or a member of your cabinet is revealed to be an actual Russian spy.”
For those just catching up on this story, there was and is zero evidence to support Trump’s initial tweet that the former President of the United States “tapped” his phones in Trump Tower. An incredulous Republican Senator John McCain said on CNN: “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. 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?’
This would be a good time to remind everyone that James Clapper, who happens to be the former Director of National Intelligence, flatly and categorically denied it on an appearance on Meet the Press last week. Stating bluntly when asked “Can you deny it?” “I can deny it. he replied. When Paul Ryan was asked if he had seen any evidence at all to support President Trump’s claim. he answered “no.”
It’s important to remember that the entire accusation doesn’t even pass a basic logic test, as former Obama speechwriter turned Podcast extraordinaire Jon Favreau summed up in this perfect tweet:
Your move Justice Department.