House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and ranking member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) have asked the White House to offer by Monday (March 13) any evidence showing Trump Tower was wiretapped.
A congressional aide confirmed to The Hill that Schiff and Nunes made the request in a letter to the White House. The letter was first reported by The Associated Press.
Trump has kept his distance from the press since last weekend, when he accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower before the November election.
That’s right. The leader of the Western World — Europe, the U.S., Central America and South America — will be in D.C. this week.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump repeatedly called employment and unemployment figures from the Obama administration “phony.”
Of course, now that he is President, the same numbers from the same source — U. S. Department of Labor — are just fine with him.
After the the Labor Department reported that U.S. employers had added 235,000 jobs in February, exceeding expectations, White House Talking Dog Sean Spicer said on his Twitter account that it was “Great news for American workers,” and “Not a bad way to start day 50 of this administration.”
Trump retweeted a post from the Drudge Report on its Twitter account, saying about the jobs numbers: “GREAT AGAIN: +235,000”
I guess it’s too much to expect consistency from the Trump Freak Show. Still, I wish they would make up their minds — are the employment numbers “GREAT AGAIN,” or, are they “phony.”
Just as water drip, drip, drips on a stone, eventually wearing it away, so the investigations are slowly eroding Trump’s lies about his connections to Russia . . .
Courtesy of the New York Times:
With questions still swirling over President Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that he was wiretapped on orders of President Barack Obama, the Justice Department on Thursday declined to confirm statements a day earlier from the White House that Mr. Trump was not the target of a counterintelligence investigation.
Officials also said the White House had not relied on any information from the Justice Department in offering a statement denying the existence of an investigation.
The White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, told reporters on Wednesday that “there is no reason to believe there is any type of investigation with respect to the Department of Justice” or “ that the president is the target of any investigation whatsoever.”
But a Justice Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said that there was no indication that anyone at the Justice Department had given the White House that assurance.
Asked whether Mr. Trump was in fact the target of an investigation, the official offered a “no comment.”
Okay so the Justice Department officials make a point of saying that the White House’s denial of an investigation was not cleared through them, and then when asked if there is indeed an investigation they refuse to comment.
Gee I can’t imagine what we should surmise from that.
In another totally unrelated story FBI Director James Comey had a private meeting with several lawmakers in Washington this afternoon:
FBI Director James Comey spent Thursday afternoon on Capitol Hill meeting with the eight lawmakers who have access to the most highly classified information, sources told CNN.
Comey was scheduled to meet with the House members of the so-called Gang of Eight at 5 p.m., and he met earlier in the afternoon with the senators in the group — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Intelligence committee, Republican Sen. Richard Burr and Democrat Mark Warner respectively.
The House members include House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and House Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff.
Comey’s visit comes after Schiff accused the FBI director of stonewalling House members in a briefing last week and both Schiff and Nunes aired their concerns that Comey had been withholding information from the group through last year.
And in yet another TOTALLY unrelated story we learn this:
The Senate Intelligence Committee has been given sweeping powers, unseen since the Watergate era, to investigate Russian meddling in the US election.
Have to imagine that Trump is really starting to feel that noose tightening.