Donald Trump is “extremely confident” on producing evidence of wiretapping by the Obama administration during the previous elections. The stance comes after the Department of Justice (DOJ) received an additional week to come up with actual proof of the wiretap.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made the announcement during a recent press briefing. Spicer reiterated that there has been “significant reporting” about various surveillance techniques used throughout the course of the 2016 presidential election.
In a previous briefing, Spicer had mentioned reports from the media concerning the allegations. In response, The New York Times said it has never reported on any surveillance done against Trump and his campaign. Instead, it reported on intercepted communications between Russia and several Trump associates.
Spicer: Donald Trump will be vindicated.
Nonetheless, Trump reportedly believes an upcoming report by the House, Senate and DOJ on the alleged wiretap will provide redemption. “I think he’s extremely confident,” Spicer said of Trump.
On Monday, the House Intelligence Committee granted DOJ more time to respond to the panel’s request for information on the alleged surveillance conducted on Trump. Earlier this month, the committee issued a statement on this wiretapping claim, saying, “The Committee will make inquiries into whether the government was conducting surveillance activities on any political party’s campaign officials or surrogates, and we will continue to investigate this issue if the evidence warrants it.”
Concrete evidence is exactly what is lacking in the said allegation. However, it did not stop White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway from sharing her point of view. Conway claimed that surveillance may be conducted with a microwave. During an interview with the Bergen County Record, Conway suggested, “Microwaves can turn into cameras.”
Spicer weighs in on microwave controversy.
Following this, Spicer addressed Conway’s remarks in the briefing. He explained, “The microwave is not a sound way of surveilling someone.” Spicer also said that the remarks were made “in jest.”
Meanwhile, Obama White House photographer Pete Souza also responded to Conway’s claim. Souza recently posted a photo on Instagram showing former president Barack Obama taking a photo from inside a microwave. In the caption, he wrote, “Someone has been photoshopping one of my photos. For the record, it wasn’t me.”
According to a report from Reuters, the House Intelligence Committee expects to receive information on the wiretapping in time for a planned hearing on March 20. Otherwise, the committee said it will “resort to a compulsory process.”