Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump administration shifts on wiretapping claim

Trump administration shifts on wiretapping claim

"I think there's no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election", Spicer said during a briefing.

Kellyanne Conway: "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, and microwaves that turn into cameras, etc". "We know this is a fact of modern life".

Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says the government has many options available to conduct surveillance against citizens beyond wiretapping.

"The Department of Justice has asked for more time to comply with the House Intelligence Committee's request for information related to possible surveillance of Donald Trump or his associates during the election campaign..."

When US President Trump accused Barack Obama of tapping his phones, he meant in a general way, Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer says. There have been, however, several former White House officials who have come forward to deny any campaign of surveillance was ever ordered on Trump Tower.

Trump had tried to call Bharara last week but the two men did not speak.

Mr Spicer was speaking ahead of a Monday deadline for the administration to provide evidence for the claim.

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The FBI is investigating Trump associates' contacts with Russian Federation during the election, as are House and Senate intelligence committees.

"I'm not Inspector Gadget", she said.

She echoed that sentiment in a "Good Morning America" interview, saying she had "no evidence" to back Trump's claim and deferred to the findings of the congressional intelligence committees.

So the president just throws stuff out there - Obama had him wiretapped, 3-5 million illegal votes were cast, thousands bused into New Hampshire to vote illegally, whatever - and then answers demands for evidence by calling for an "investigation".

"If you look at the president's tweet, he said wiretapping in quotes".

"I'm not in the job of having evidence".

When asked about the claims of wiretapping in the Trump Tower, Conway seemed to cite a report about the Central Intelligence Agency invading American's privacy by hacking into household appliances.

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