(Newsmax) A spokesman for former President Barack Obama strongly denied President Donald Trump’s tweeted accusation that his predecessor had his Trump Tower offices wiretapped, while another former Obama official cautioned to be careful while considering the official statement.
“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said in a statement reported on Saturday. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
However, the defense from the former president’s camp appears to be mixed. Former speechwriter Jon Favreau warned on Twitter against accepting Lewis’ statement as read:
I'd be careful about reporting that Obama said there was no wiretapping. Statement just said that neither he nor the WH ordered it.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) March 4, 2017
The conflicting responses, even within the Obama camp, have continued to swirl through the day on Saturday, eclipsing for the time being the controversy over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ discussions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
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