Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Trump DOJ asks for extra time to show not-Obama was not-wiretapping Trump (mark Sumner) · Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 2:47 pm

Air quotes or no air quotes, Monday was the deadline for the Trump administration to provide Congress with evidence that President Obama had “wiretapped” Donald Trump’s phones. But ten days after Trump called Obama bad-sick for his Watergatey McCarthyism, the evidence presented was just what was expected—nothing at all. Now Jefferson Sessions & Co. have asked for some extra time:

The Department of Justice asked the chairman and vice chairman of the House Intelligence Committee for "additional time" to collect evidence to support President Donald Trump's accusation that the Obama administration wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower during the campaign.

Collect evidence? Concoct is more like it. What will Sessions produce in his overtime period that he couldn’t come up with before the buzzer? Sean Spicer’s waggling quote fingers provide a clue.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump wasn't referring to wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping.

What was Trump referring to? We don’t know, but it was not wiretapping. And when Trump said Obama, he also didn’t mean Obama.

Spicer also said that Trump was referring to the Obama administration broadly -- and not accusing Obama of personal involvement -- when he tweeted that "Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower" and accused Obama of being a "bad" or "sick guy."

So, if Sessions comes up with evidence that someone in the Obama administration  once ordered a pizza, that completely works. It’s not wiretapping, and it’s not Obama—so Trump was right again.

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