In several TV appearances Monday morning, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones during the 2016 election.
The charge has been denied by Obama, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and, reportedly, FBI Director James Comey.
“No, I don’t think he does, George,” Sanders said when asked directly if the president accepted the FBI director’s denial.
With no proof or evidence to back up his claim, Trump tweeted on Saturday morning that he “just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was asked on “Fox and Friends” on Monday morning how Trump could know if Obama had tapped his phones.
“He’s the president of the United States,” Conway said. “He has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not.”
Both Sanders’ and Conway’s statements came after White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Sunday that “neither the White House nor the president will comment further” until congressional intelligence committees investigated Trump’s claims.