President Trump created a firestorm of controversy when he took to Twitter to make allegations that President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower. Trump surrogates came to Trump’s defense, appearing in the media and encouraging an investigation.
To make the story stranger, Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer now says that Trump may not accept the results of the investigation if he doesn’t like the outcome.
“I think we will definitely have a lot of respect for what they say and what they look into, but I think to blanketly accept, to say that we’re going to accept everything they do might be a little premature” Spicer told a group of reporters off camera on Monday.
House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes stated Sunday that they will be looking into the wiretapping allegations in addition to the “Russia” investigation. The White House has requested an investigation from both the House and Senate Intelligence Committee’s.
Via DailyBeast: Asked whether the White House would accept the findings of the larger probe, including any pertaining to issues beyond Trump’s wiretapping allegations, Spicer reiterated that it would take a position depending on the specific outcomes of the investigation.
“We’re going to let congress work its will. If we have a problem with any of the conclusions we’ll let it be known,” he said.
Trump first floated the wiretapping allegations in a tweet on Saturday. “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” the president wrote.
It is entirely likely that Trump Tower was being monitored despite the explanation being extremely inconvenient for Trump. A FISA court would have signed off on the warrant, meaning they had strong suspicion of criminal activity occurring within the Trump campaign. It seems fair to speculate that Trump is attempting sleight of hand, pushing attention to the fact he was being investigated rather than diving into the results of that investigation.
Spicer made several remarks off camera to a group of reporters: “It could be FISA, it could be surveillance […] I think [Trump] has made it clear that there’s continued reports that’s been out there. I’m not going to continue to – I think the president has made it clear yesterday that he wants Congress to go in and look at this.”
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