A Trump White House spokesperson said today that Donald Trump thinks FBI Director James Comey is a liar.
The revelation came from deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that Donald Trump did not believe his FBI Director’s claims that President Obama ordered Trump Tower wiretapped.
Comey understandably wanted to speak out about Trump’s factless claims, as the claims indict both Comey and the FBI, who would have overseen any illegal spying that would have taken place.
Now, it’s not surprising that Trump wouldn’t believe Comey. Trump doesn’t believe anything or anyone that contradicts him. This does, however, put Comey in a difficult position, as he ultimately needs to defend his agents and agency against a president alleging criminality.
Mind you, Trump has still offered no evidence to back his outrageous claim. All he can find are a few news reports, from months ago, claiming that the FISA court approved at least one warrant to investigate Russia and the election. We don’t know if the story is true, and if it were, we don’t know if the target was even an American — the warrant could be to tap Russian government and business entities. Then the question would arise as to why Trump’s campaign was liaising with those Russian entities, and hiding it.
Keep in mind that what opened up this can of worms in the first place was Trump and his team lying repeatedly — over 20 times in fact — about their contacts with the Russian government and its allies. Those lies included the possible perjury of Trump attorney general Jeff Sessions. So Team Trump has no one to blame here but themselves. If they were so innocent, why do they keep lying?
There’s another problem for Trump. He’s trying to garner sympathy and stoke outrage by claiming that a US court may have found probable cause that he’s guilty of espionage against the United States. That’s not the kind of thing a politician normally crows about.
So, Team Trump is treading dangerously here.
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