As president, everything you say matters. Furthermore, when you call the White House “home,” then you damn sure have to answer for any and every controversial or questionable comment you make. It’s clear Donald Trump doesn’t understand this. Much like his days pushing ridiculous conspiracy theories about Barack Obama’s birth certificate, he still seems to think he can continue this behavior without being held accountable for his words.
Unfortunately for him, that’s not how it works.
Thankfully, more and more members of the media are beginning to take a stronger stance against Trump, his behavior, and his fondness for pushing his fact-free conspiracy theories which he never seems to have any evidence to support.
Such as NBC News’ White House correspondent Hallie Jackson, who took apart White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s rather laughable defense of Trump’s wiretapping claim against Barack Obama.
“You said the president stands by his tweets Saturday morning that President Obama ordered this wiretap,” Jackson stated. “You’ve also said that the president wants Congress to investigate. Some members of Congress, by the way, have asked the White House and asked the president to come forward with the information.”
“So bottom line, why would the president want Congress to investigate for information he already has?” she asked.
Spicer then tried rambling on about a “separation of powers” and “appropriateness” for Trump to ask Congress to investigate.
As Jackson had just pointed out, if Trump already has this “proof” he claims exists, why doesn’t he simply turn it over to Congress? Why would he waste Congress’s time by making them dig for information that he claims to already have?
That doesn’t make any sense, which was basically Jackson’s next point.
“But if the president has the info, if he’s sitting on this information, if he’s found out, he’s now directing or asking or recommending that the intelligence committees look into this,” Jackson replied. “And you talked about they have resources and staff, which they do. But why expend those resources and staff if the president found out this information and has it?”
Spicer then claimed Trump’s desire to have Congress involved is his attempt to add credibility to the investigation. While that sounds all well and good, it still doesn’t explain why he’s withholding evidence from Congress.
That’s like me saying I have proof that someone committed a crime against me, calling for the police to conduct an investigation, then refusing to turn over the evidence I claimed I had to the law enforcement officers in charge of conducting the investigation I asked for.
If that sounds stupid, it should — but that’s essentially what Trump’s saying.
This isn’t about whether or not Congress could potentially investigate these allegations. Obviously if they’re presented with enough evidence indicating that what Trump’s saying happened is true, Republicans won’t have any problem launching an extensive investigation. The controversy with all of this centers around Trump’s claim to have evidence he says proves his accusations against Obama are true — that he seems unwilling to share with the American public or even Congress.
It’s obvious what he’s doing.
Since he doesn’t actually have any credible evidence to support his conspiracy, he’s trying to spin it as he’s holding back what he knows so it doesn’t influence the “checks and balances” of any potential congressional investigation. Though, as Jackson made sure to bring up, members of Congress have asked for his “evidence,” yet he won’t even show it to them.
Like with all of Trump’s other conspiracies, he’s never going to provide any evidence to support anything he says — because it doesn’t exist. Just like when he said:
- He had proof Barack Obama’s birth certificate was fake.
- He personally witnessed “thousands” of Muslims celebrating 9/11 in the streets of New Jersey.
- The unemployment rate “he had heard” was 42 percent.
- The NFL personally sent him a letter complaining about the presidential debates schedule.
- The media was covering up terrorist attacks.
- His inauguration crowd size was larger than Obama’s but the media was using dishonest pictures to diminish his popularity.
- “Millions and millions” of people voted illegally which is why he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
- Voters had been illegally bused into New Hampshire from Massachusetts.
Those are just a few (there are many more) of the conspiracies Trump’s claimed are all true — yet he’s never once provided any evidence for a single one of them. Luckily for Trump, he’s supported by people who believe anything he says and leads a party that doesn’t seem interested in holding him to even 1/100th of the same set of standards they would a Democrat.
All that being said, Jackson’s point was spot-on. It’s something many people, myself included, have been saying for the last few days. If Donald Trump has evidence he claims proves Barack Obama ordered an illegal wiretap of Trump Tower, then there’s no reason for him not to provide that evidence to Congress. The fact that he seems unwilling to do so, even though it’s been requested by members of Congress, proves that he doesn’t have anything. Otherwise there’s not a single rational or logical reason why he’d withhold evidence from the very people he says he wants to investigate something that, if true, would be one of the biggest scandals since Watergate.
Watch the exchange below via Fox News by way of Raw Story: