It’s been nearly two weeks since President Trump first claimed that President Obama had wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower, and, in those two weeks, no substantial evidence has been provided to indicate that there was any merit to those accusations.
At this point, even yes-man Paul Ryan is saying that no one has found any proof that a wiretap was ordered.
On Thursday, while speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Ryan admitted:
‘We have not seen any evidence that there was a wiretap or a [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court order against Trump Tower or somebody in Trump Tower.’
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Trump made his accusations with no real evidence, and now a member of his own party is calling for him to either put up or shut up. On Friday, CNN reports, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) said about the wiretapping claims:
‘I see no indication that that’s true and so it’s not a charge I would have ever made. And frankly, unless you can produce some pretty compelling proof, then I think that President Obama is owed an apology in that regard.
‘If he didn’t do it, [Trump] shouldn’t be reckless in accusations that he did.’
Rep. Cole also commented on the White House’s insistence that surveillance of Trump was ordered.
On Wednesday, the heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee revealed that there have been “no indications” that Trump Tower was surveilled by the U.S. government. The House Intelligence Committee expressed similar sentiments the day before. However, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted that these committees have not yet fully investigated the situation.
‘They have yet to go through the information. The Department of Justice, as you know, has not supplied this.’
In response to these comments, Cole said:
‘Look, they’re allowed to believe what they believe. I know the leaders of both those committees, I have a lot of respect of them, they said they found no evidence and until we see something different, I accept their conclusion.’
Watch Cole’s call for Trump to produce evidence or apologize in the video below, via YouTube.