Congressional pressure coming from both Democrat and Republican sides have begun mounting for President Trump to provide any shred of proof or evidence of his unsubstantiated claims made last week that he had been wiretapped in the Trump Tower by an order from then-president Barack Obama during last year’s campaign.
Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) said it was crucial that Trump “clear this up.”
“The president has one of two choices: either retract, or provide the information that the American people deserve,” said McCain in a CNN interview on Sunday’s “State of the Union” segment.
“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?’” stated McCain. “Because they certainly should know whether the former president of the United States was wiretapping Trump Tower.”
Evidence or Withdraw
Representative Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) stated that the authenticity of Trump’s claims via Twitter would need to be discussed in a hearing. Obama denied the claims that he wiretapped Trump’s phones through his spokesman. The action would have been considered illegal if he in fact did order it.
Schiff also mentioned that such a severe claim, especially amid current investigations that there are ties between Russia and Trump aides, should be publicly supported by evidence, or completely withdrawn.
“Either the president quite deliberately, for some reason, made up the charge, or perhaps more disturbing, the president really believes this,” said Schiff, on ABC’s “This Week.”
Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Maryland), who had been interviewed at the same time, said there is an “air of distrust” between Trump and many of the people around him.
“I just think that the president has to be — I’ve told him this, by the way — that he needs to be careful with what he tweets and what he says,” he stated.