Maybe Obama didn’t use microwaves to spy on Trump Tower, Kellyanne Conway concedes
Less than 24 hours after Kellyanne Conway appeared to suggest that the Obama administration may have used “microwaves that turn into cameras” to spy on Donald Trump’s campaign headquarters, the Trump adviser has admitted she has zero evidence that this actually happened.
In a Sunday interview with New Jersey’s Bergen County Record, Conway was asked about a series of tweets Trump sent the previous Sunday morning alleging that the Obama administration used wiretapping to spy on Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election.
Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
“What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other,” Conway said in response. “You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets — any number of ways.”
She also added that “microwaves that turn into cameras” could be used in surveillance, since “we know this is a fact of modern life.”
But in a series of interviews Monday morning, Conway said she wasn’t talking specifically about Trump’s allegations. She also has “no evidence” to back up Trump’s claims, she said on “Good Morning America.”
“It was about surveillance generally,” she told CNN of the interview. “I’m not Inspector Gadget. I don’t believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign. However, I have, I’m not in the job of having evidence. That’s what investigations are for.”
Kellyanne Conway denies suggesting wider surveillance of Trump, saying she referred to surveillance "generally" https://t.co/SbG7gxgbPJ
— CNN (@CNN) March 13, 2017
However, that investigation must meet an important deadline: The House Intelligence Committee has demanded that the Department of Justice must turn over evidence of any wiretapping by Monday, according to NBC. FBI Director James Comey already asked the Justice Department to publicly refute Trump’s claims.
Over the weekend, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona also asked the White House to do the same if Trump can’t produce evidence.
“President Trump has to provide the American people, not just the Intelligence Committee, but the American people with evidence that his predecessor, former president of hte United States, was guilty of breaking the law,” McCain said in a Sunday CNN interview.
“I have no reason to believe that the charge is true, but I also believe that the president of the United States could clear this up in a minute,” McCain added. “All he has to do is pick up the phone, call the director of the CIA, director of national intelligence and say, ‘OK, what happened?’”
Obama refuted Trump’s claims through a spokesperson last Saturday.