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McCain Calls on Trump to Put Up or Shut Up on Wiretapping

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 12:30 pm

Sen. John McCain was on Jake Tapper’s show this morning calling on President Trump to put up or shut up regarding Trump’s claims last weekend about Obama wiretapping him:

Sen. John McCain said Sunday that President Donald Trump should either retract or substantiate his claim that President Barack Obama wire-tapped him in the final weeks of the presidential campaign and added he expects more to come on Russia’s meddling in the US election.

McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he had “no reason to believe” Trump’s allegation, which the President has not supported with any evidence and which a White House official said was prompted by a Breitbart article.

“I have no reason to believe that the charge is true, but I also believe that the President of the United States could clear this up in a minute,” McCain told anchor Jake Tapper. “All he has to do is pick up the phone, call the director of the CIA, director of national intelligence and say, ‘OK, what happened?'”

I have said from the beginning that it was my view that Trump fired off a series of tweets with no special knowledge, based on a resurrection of months-old news stories that said, not that Trump or his aides or residence had been targeted by wiretaps, but that aides had been captured on wiretaps — most likely wiretaps targeting Russians. I have seen nothing to change that conclusion, and much since to bolster it. We don’t know what Obama did or didn’t do, but Trump had no secret knowledge. It was just Trump popping off the way he does.

Here’s the video of McCain.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


  1. Trump does pop off. He could use one of these.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/12/2017 @ 12:44 pm

  2. This shouldn’t be a controversial topic (requiring Trump to provide evidence for his allegations) but it will be and unfortunately all the whining will be coming from the right.

    Comment by Sean — 3/12/2017 @ 1:40 pm

  3. I don’t know whether it’s a coincidence or not, but I find it interesting that the media/DNC howling about “The Russians did it!” has abated since Trump’s “wiretapped” tweet.

    It’s also worth noting that there’s far less evidence regarding the Russia hysteria than there is on Trump being under surveillance by the Obama admin.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 3/12/2017 @ 3:40 pm

  4. Playing the equivalence game between media/Russia and Trump/wiretaps is tiring. Both parties need to provide proof, and the lack of evidence provided by one party does not negate the responsibility of the other.

    Comment by Sean — 3/12/2017 @ 4:41 pm

  5. I think it’s common for government officials to stop talking to the media when investigations have started, and all these topics are being investigated.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/12/2017 @ 4:49 pm

  6. So what, that doesn’t stop the press from making up sources, there seems to be a consensus that they were intercepting signals from his server, circa (Sinclair) seems to conclude that.

    Comment by narciso — 3/12/2017 @ 7:33 pm

  7. The House Intelligence Committee is investigating and has asked Trump to immediately provide evidence of any wiretapping. I assume McCain knew this was coming. Trump, too. If so, it explains why McCain is talking and Trump isn’t.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/13/2017 @ 5:38 am

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