Toronto - Responding to the uproar that his Saturday allegations against former President Barack Obama have generated, President Donald Trump has officially asked Congress to investigate his accusations, according to CNN.
Toronto – Responding to the uproar that his Saturday allegations against former President Barack Obama have generated, President Donald Trump has officially asked Congress to investigate his accusations, according to CNN.
The announcement of the request was made through press secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday. “Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling,” Spicer said. “President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committee exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch powers were abused in 2016.”
Spicer offered no details regarding the source of these highly-charged allegations nor did he hint at any possible evidence to back up Trump’s claims would be forthcoming. “Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted,” he stated.
According to the same source, while there has been a complete absence of any credible reports to back up the accusations, there has been no shortage of individuals stepping forward to call the allegations “nonsense” and “fake.” Perhaps most credible of all, is perhaps former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. He said Sunday that he could confirm with absolute certainty that Trump was not wiretapped by intelligence agencies.
During an appearance on NBC’s Sunday program Meet the Press, Clapper said categorically, “For the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no wiretap activity mounted against the President-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.”
Never known to be a fan of Trump, Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, also appeared on the NBC show and said “If he falsely spread this kind of misinformation, that is so wrong. It’s beneath the dignity of the presidency. It is something that really hurts people’s view of government. On the other hand, if it’s true, it’s even worse for the President. Because that means that a federal judge, independently elected, has found probable cause that the president, or people on his staff, have probably cause to have broken the law to have interacted with a foreign agent. Now that’s serious stuff.”
Schumer was referring to the fact that Congress is already investigating whether Trump or his staff were communicating with Russian officials during and after the election.
Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Susan Collins said publicly that she’s “seen no evidence” to back up Trump’s allegations against Obama. While appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation Collins used the opportunity to call on the White House to turn over any evidence to the committee. “What we need to deal with is evidence, not statements.”