Even Paul Ryan is sick of Trump’s wiretapping lie. The House Intelligence Committee was joined by the FBI, the Senate Intelligence Committee, and House Speaker Paul Ryan in unequivocally declaring that Donald Trump’s phones at Trump Tower were not wiretapped by his predecessor, Pres. Barack Obama, and that he wasn’t under surveillance.
Watch this very telling moment from Ryan’s press conference:
Trump claims Obama wiretapped him.
Paul Ryan: “No such wiretap existed.” pic.twitter.com/rwBn25e8u3
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 16, 2017
Ryan said, “The point is, the intelligence committees in their continuing, widening, ongoing investigation of all things Russia, got to the bottom – at least so far – with respect to our intelligence community that – that no such wiretap existed.” He then added, “We’ve cleared that up.”
Meanwhile, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a joint statement from by Republican Chairman Richard Burr and Senator Mark Warner, the committee’s Democratic vice chairman that said: “Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016.”
Here’s hoping this is the last we’ve heard of this bulls… Oh, wait.
The White House on Thursday said the statement did not shake their confidence in the accusation. Press secretary Sean Spicer, asked to respond to the accusation, read an extensive litany of news reports from the podium that showed intelligence agencies’ interest in Trump’s activities, but none that actually corroborated Trump’s claim.“He stands by it,” Spicer said, characterizing the Intelligence Committee’s statement as not final. “They have yet to go through the information.”