Wow! Former White House press secretary Josh Earnest just appeared on ABC where he asked if he could “categorically deny” that there was any wiretapping of President Trump’s campaign by former President Barack Obama.
While he initially said “I don’t know”, host Martha Raddatz pressed further and his body language and response made him look guilty as hell!
Raddatz cited a tweet sent out Saturday by Jon Favreau, former director of speechwriting under Obama, in which he stated, “I’d be careful about reporting that Obama said there was no wiretapping. Statement just said that neither he nor the WH ordered it.”
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
So Raddataz asked Earnest Sunday if he could “categorically deny” that accusation.
Earnest avoided Raddatz’s question, saying, “What I can categorically deny is that the White House was at all involved in directing or interfering or influencing an FBI investigation of any sort.”
“That’s not what I’m asking,” Raddatz asked AGAIN. “What I’m asking is can you deny that the Obama Justice Department did not seek or obtain a FISA court order to wiretap the Trump campaign.”
Earnest struggled to answer, beginning to provide what appeared to be the same response given Saturday by Lewis.
“It was a cardinal rule — ” Earnest began before offering the “simple answer”:
Here’s the simple answer to that question: I don’t know. And it’s not because I’m no longer in government. The fact is, even when I was in government, I was not in a position of being regularly briefed on an FBI criminal or counterterrorism investigation.
“Nobody at the White House, including the president of the United States, should be in a position in which they are trying to influence or dictate how that investigation is being conducted,” the former press secretary added.