Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that while she does not have evidence to support President Trump’s claim that Barack Obama ordered wiretaps of Trump Tower during the election, but did suggest that the former president used an as yet undetermined method of surveillance. "The answer is I don't have any evidence and I'm very happy that the House intelligence committee (is) investigating," Conway said.

Later, Conway posted a tweet to the effect that the Trump administration is "pleased" that Congress is going ahead with an investigation into the allegations. The House Intelligence Committee has asked the Justice Department to produce evidence by Monday. Democrats and former Obama administration officials have joined with establishment media to say that Trump has no evidence of the alleged wiretapping. Such wiretapping, if done legally, would require permission from a special federal court. Conway told "Good Morning America" that "I wasn't making a suggestion about Trump Tower." She said she was answering a question about surveillance "generally," and without specific reference to the current controversy. The House Intelligence Committee has asked the Justice Department to produce evidence by Monday.

The issue of surveillance gained further currency, due to the release by WikiLeaks of almost 8,000 documents that supposedly reveal technical methods used by the national security apparatus to hack computer networks and conduct surveillance on cell phones and televisions. Conway pointed out that WikiLeaks revealed that there are other methods of surveillance that Obama may have used. In an interview on Sunday with The Bergen Record. She said, "What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately," including "microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera." Conway continued, "So we know that that is just a fact of modern life."

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a perennial Republican critic of Donald Trump said on Sunday, "I think the president has one of two choices: either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve, because, if his predecessor violated the law, President Obama violated the law, we have got a serious issue here, to say the least."



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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