It is Smith’s way of preserving the News of Fox News, separating it from the Opinion side of the channel, which includes Fox & Friends. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence weighed in Thursday, finding “no indications” that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance.
After the news conference, Spicer pushed back on the idea that he apologized. But Spicer has continued to contend that Trump’s allegations had a factual basis of some sort. Fox News can not confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary.
Prior to Spicer’s White House presser with journalists, a Senate intelligence committee had dismissed the president’s unsubstantiated claims that Trump Tower had been under surveillance at the request of Obama. The GCHQ went into a tizzy.
The White House did not provide a comment Friday, beyond noting that Spicer read Thursday’s allegation “straight from the Fox transcript”.
“Donald Trump, like millions of Americans, is susceptible to conspiracy theories”, said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University. After Fox News’s reporting is challenged, hey, that’s on them.
In a blog post that expertly skewers the allegation that GCHQ tapped Trump’s phones, human rights lawyer Simon McKay points out an “obvious flaw” in the claims. The Burr-Warner statement might make it easier for Comey to navigate that political minefield.
“As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common perhaps”, he said gesturing to the German chancellor amid laughter from the audience. “You should be talking to Fox”.
According to Fox News, Napolitano is standing by his story. And documents the White House submitted to the committees on Friday didn’t appear likely to change that assessment.
Claims by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden led to questions over GCHQ’s relationship with the NSA. Trump, in other words, has members of his own party effectively saying he made the entire thing up.
In an attempt to bolster his case, the spokesman spent almost 10 minutes angrily reading from news reports which he said pointed to possible evidence of surveillance. It may not be a big news flash at this point, but Trump was eschewing any responsibility for White House statements. “And frankly, unless you can produce some pretty compelling proof, then I think the president, you know, President Obama is owed an apology in that regard”.