Early on the morning of Saturday, March 4, President Donald Trump tweeted that he had just been informed that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower. An accusation that, if true, would have meant Obama committed a very serious federal crime. POTUS provided no evidence for his claim, yet called for the Justice Department to launch a full investigation.
Yesterday during a press conference, press secretary Sean Spicer attempted to clear things up (opens in new tab), explaining that Trump's tweet was general, not literal. "The president was very clear in his tweet that it was, you know, 'wiretapping,'" he said, making the hand motion that indicates quotation marks. "That spans a whole host of surveillance types of options."
Spicer went on to say that Trump meant the Obama administration, not Barack Obama himself, despite the fact that, in the course of his six tweets on the topic, the President called Obama a "bad (or sick) guy!"
The Justice Department was expect to release a report on its investigation Monday, but instead requested more time.
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