Sean Spicer defends Trump's tweets: 'Wire-tapping' is different from wire-tapping

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Sean Spicer defends Trump's tweets: 'Wire-tapping' is different from wire-tapping

But if you're not going to take the tweets literally and there is a concern that the president has about other people, other surveillance activities looking at him and his associates - either appropriately or inappropriately - we want to find that out.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested Trump may not have meant "wiretap" in the literal sense, even though he did use quotation marks in his tweets. "There's no question the Obama administration - that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election".

"As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen". One, that "wiretapping" refers to surveillance generally, not exclusively wiretapping, and two, that forthcoming statements from the Justice Department (which neither intelligence committee collaborated with) will vindicate his boss's claims.

"Are you saying that the president still stands by his allegation that President Obama ordered wire tapping of Trump Tower despite the fact that the Senate Intelligence Committee says they see no indication that it happened?" Graham said, Congress would need to establish a special House-Senate committee to examine Russia's influence on the 2016 election.

Trump's comments on the subject comes as bipartisan support demanding proof for his wiretapping claims begins to grow.

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Trump's adviser is now defending those comments.

"You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets - any number of ways", including "microwaves that turn into cameras", she told the paper. He said "some very interesting things" may surface in the coming weeks, without specifying what those would be.

He added that he thought it was "very possible" that Trump or another White House staff may have been observed as part of surveillance targeting foreign nationals on U.S. soil.

Conway tells New Jersey's Bergen County Record that "there are many ways to surveil each other". The NYT article Trump mentioned, did not say that Obama wiretapped him. Nunes said. "If so, clearly the president was wrong".

"I'm not Inspector Gadget", she said yesterday on CNN.

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