Trump claims Comey conversations may have been surveilled

Trump claims Comey conversations may have been surveilled


WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump claimed in a Fox and Friends interview that aired Friday morning that while he did not personally tape his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, he believed he may have been surveilled by unknown outside sources.

“You never know what’s happening when you see that the Obama administration and perhaps longer than that were doing all of this unmasking and surveilliance and you read all about it and I’ve been reading about it for the last couple of months about the seriousness of the- and horrible situation of surveillance all over the place,” Trump said in an interview taped Thursday. “So you never know what’s out there, but I didn’t tape.”

This is not the first time that Trump has suggested he has been surveilled without providing evidence.

In March, Trump tweeted that he had been wiretapped by Obama prior to the election.

When pressed, the White House pointed to a series of media reports suggesting that Trump’s associateds were under surveillance from the intelligence community and former House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes claimed that either the president or his associates were identified in NSA transcripts of conversations among foreign nationals.

However, there was no proof to back up the specifics of Trump’s claim.

Trump acknowledged on Twitter Thursday that he did not have any tapes of him and Comey and hinted at the potential surveillance he elaborated on in the interview.

In the Fox and Friends interview, Trump suggested that the possibility of tapes, one that he raised in a tweet shortly after Comey was terminated from his position, may have changed Comey’s account of events.

The president did not, however, say what may have changed, only saying that investigative reporting may uncover more.

Trump also appeared to agree with Fox host Ainsley Earhardt’s suggestion that his initial tweet was intended to keep Comey honest before he shared his accounts of conversations with lawmakers.

“It wasn’t very stupid, I’ll tell you that,” Trump said.

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