White House press secretary Sean Spicer told the press Thursday that President Donald Trump “stands by” his claims that former President Barack Obama ordered surveillance of Trump Tower during the election, even as congressional investigation leaders stated they had seen no evidence to support the allegations.
When asked about the accusations Trump made in a series of tweets, Spicer said, “He stands by it.” In a heated exchange, he then went on to criticize journalists in the room for their coverage on the matter.
Earlier Thursday, Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Mark Warner, Republican and Democrat leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued a statement saying they had so far seen no evidence to support Trump’s allegations.
“Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016,” read the statement.
In a Wednesday interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, Trump remained defiant on the issue, explaining that he was referring to general surveillance when he use the word “wiretapping” and that he would soon be proven right when more information comes out.
“I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks,” Trump said in the interview.
Spicer again backed up the President’s most recent claims, spending nearly 10 minutes of the Thursday press briefing discussing various news stories on which Trump may have based his accusatory tweets.
“The president said last night that there would be additional information coming forward,” Spicer said. “There are a ton of media reports out there that indicate that something was going on during the 2016 election.”
“All we’re doing is literally reading off what other stations and people have reported,” Spicer said later on. “We’re not casting judgment on that.”
Despite the stories referred to by Spicer, Rep. Devin Nunes and Rep. Adam Schiff of the House Intelligence Committee also said Wednesday that they have not seen any evidence to suggest Trump Tower was wiretapped during the election.