The Department of Justice gave the White House until Monday, March 13, to provide proof of any intelligence it had received proving the president’s claims on Twitter that President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election.
As the deadline ran out, Trump’s administration finally responded. They requested more time.
The White House sent a request to top intelligence committee members in order to “ask for additional time to review the request in compliance with the governing legal authorities and to determine what if any responsive documents may exist.”
The request comes just shortly after White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters during the daily briefing that Trump didn’t mean that Obama had actually wiretapped the Trump Towers and was simply referring to “surveillance and other activities.” The president’s intended meaning was not changed or explained by anyone in the White House until Monday, the day of the deadline.
In other words, Trump let the lie stand for nine days before anyone said that he didn’t mean exactly what he said.
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