The Trump wiretapping accusations get wilder and weirder, as Trump’s punch drunk attack on Obama is now being blamed on the British. The tweets, which seemed to come out of the blue this weekend, have led to a flurry of incompetent deflecting from the White House; what with Spicer repeatedly trying to step the comments back and Conway’s infamous microwave remarks. Today Sean Spicer upped the ridiculous ante, claiming that:
“President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI and he didn’t use the Department of Justice, he used GCHQ [ the initials for the British intelligence spying agency]. They have 24/7 access to the NSA database, so by simply having two people go to them and saying, ‘President needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate President-elect Trump,’ he’s able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on it.
British intelligence officials didn’t take long to respond, saying that:
“Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wire tapping’ against the then president-elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”
All this conspiracy mongering would be laughable if it weren’t coming from the White House itself. This bizarre fear mongering has now been disavowed by every arm of American and foreign intelligence– FBI and CIA included. Republicans, predictably, are in the awkward position of either admitting their President is compulsively dishonest, or moving forward with an obviously bogus investigation. Most seem to be taking the middle ground: making weak kneed requests for “information”, while avoiding the topic otherwise. As this bizarre week leads into another weekend, one thing’s for sure: if Trump wanted to hide his crazy behind a communications genius, Spicer was the wrong man for the job.
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