The Trump Administration keeps spouting off the same debunked lies as talking points. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer officially accused President Obama and Hillary Clinton of treason with RUSSIA.
He accused President Obama of the same claim that Donald Trump tweeted a few weeks ago. Trump didn’t have any evidence to back up this claim, but called for a Congressional investigation regardless.
Since then, FBI Director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that this claim is false. There’s no evidence that the Obama Administration monitored Trump or his team.
Sean Spicer repeated this debunked talking point at yesterday’s White House press briefing. For some reason, he feels compelled to repeat the same old tired lies.
Spicer tried to justify this lie by telling reporters to focus on the “substance” of Trump’s surveillance claim. He’s trying desperately to spin this false accusation to make Trump look right.
Spicer told reporters, “And the substance is, why were people using government resources, violating civil liberties potentially, looking into people’s backgrounds to surveil them and understand what they were doing and who they were, to unmask them and to provide sources and spread classified information make it available to other places that they weren’t supposed to?”
Spicer suggests that the NSA and other agencies are using wiretaps on foreign officials as a backdoor to surveil U.S. citizens. This isn’t just a terrible lie, it’s an insult to our intelligence community.
The White House says it now has some proof to back up its claims. They shared it as part of the secret report given to with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes last week.
But according to the New York Times, this report just consisted of foreign officials talking about how form contacts with the Trump family and his inner circle. It’s the sort of thing that the NSA and other agencies regularly monitor.
The Times report states, “American intelligence agencies typically monitor foreign officials of allied and hostile countries, and they routinely sweep up communications linked to Americans who may be taking part in the conversation or are being spoken about.” So this “evidence” doesn’t support Spicer’s claims of “unmasking.”
Then Spicer made the outlandish claim that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the one with the Russia issue. He’s trying to deflect attention from Trump yet again by claiming his rival is actually the one with a problem.
“It was Hillary Clinton that was the architect of the last administration’s failed reset policy. She told Russian state TV it was designed to strengthen Russia,” Spicer said.
Hillary Clinton’s only problem with Russia is that Russian President Vladimir Putin hates her. She was willing and able to stand up to Putin and challenge his policies.
Spicer says Clinton’s ties with Russia have not been questioned as much as Trump’s: It’s “night and day between our actions and her actions” pic.twitter.com/1MspZ1nN8e
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) March 31, 2017
That’s very different than what we’ve seen out of Trump so far. Trump’s gone out of the way to pander to Putin and give him whatever he wants.
Trump and Spicer owe Obama and the intelligence community an apology for their bold faced lies. But instead, they continue to double down on their debunked theories.
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