‘Because the New York Times Wrote About It’: Trump Gives Tucker Carlson Wiretap Tweet Excuses

In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, President Donald Trump addressed the explosive tweets he sent out more than a week ago where he accused his predecessor of wiretapping the phones of Trump Tower prior to the election. Carlson wanted to know what provoked Trump to take to Twitter to publicly make those allegations against former President Barack Obama. “I had been reading about things,” Trump stated. “I read, I think it was January 20th in a New York Times article about wiretapping. There was an article, I think they used that exact term. I read other things.” He also brought up the reporting of Fox News’ Bret Baier. After saying he’d heard a lot of things about wiretapping and that it’s a “potentially a very serious issue,” Trump was asked why he didn’t immediately go to the intelligence community. “I don’t Continue reading "‘Because the New York Times Wrote About It’: Trump Gives Tucker Carlson Wiretap Tweet Excuses"

Obama Keeps Bracket Tradition Alive, Goes Out on Limb to Pick Duke vs. North Carolina Title Game

Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 4.38.37 PM (3) As we posted about several weeks ago, President Donald Trump declined ESPN’s invitation to fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket, as President Barack Obama has done on the network for each of the past eight years. Fortunately for college basketball fans, Obama is keeping his tradition alive (although not on ESPN), and has put out a presidential bracket. Here’s who he likes in the men’s tournament. Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 4.51.58 PM Obama showed a tendency to favor chalk in his ESPN picks over the years. And a look at this year’s bracket shows that Obama has not strayed from that tendency now that he’s out of office. His Final Four is; Duke, Arizona, Kansas, and North Carolina. Two No. 1 seeds, and two No. 2 seeds. (Both of whom are considered formidable.) What fun is that? C’mon, Mr. President. Step out on a limb just a little. (For the record, the official Mediaite bracket
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‘I Don’t Think There Was an Actual Tap’: GOP Leader Says There Is No Evidence of Wiretapping at Trump Tower

Today, there was a press conference held which detailed the Intelligence Committee’s findings (or lack thereof) when it comes to Donald Trump‘s claims that Barack Obama wiretapped him. “We don’t have any evidence that that took place and in fact, I don’t believe — just in the last week of time, the people we’ve talked to — I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower,” said Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican from California. Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the committee, followed up with, “I’ve seen no evidence that supports the claim that Trump made that his predecessor had wiretapped he and his associates at Trump Tower. Thus far, we have seen no basis for that whatsoever.” Watch the clip above to hear both of them speak. [image via screengrab] —— Lindsey: Twitter. Facebook.

Democratic Rep.: We’ll Call on Trump to ‘Recant and to Apologize’ to Obama if No Proof on Wiretap Claim

During an appearance on CNN’s New Day this morning, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) commented on the lack of evidence presented by the Trump Administration to backup President Donald Trump’s claims that his predecessor wiretapped his phones prior to the election.

In the wake of the Department of Justice asking for an extension from Congress on Monday’s deadline to provide proof surrounding the president’s assertion, Speier — a member of the House Intelligence Committee — told host Poppy Harlow that there would be “no question” that they’ll subpoena any evidence if they have to. She then noted that if any wiretap was done, probable cause would have had to be shown to a federal judge.

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Trump Says Obamacare Will be Just Like Obama: ‘People Like Him’ Now That He’s Gone

At a listening session for healthcare today, President Donald Trump commented on the Affordable Care Act, claiming that it is becoming popular now because the media is making it look good. He also seems to feel that people are liking it because it will soon be taken away.

“The press is making Obamacare look so good, all of a sudden,” he stated. “I’m watching the news. Looks so good. They are showing reports about this one gets so much and this one gets so much.”

After claiming that the law actually covers “very few people” and is “imploding,” he explained that Republicans are putting themselves in a bad position because the positive impacts of the GOP healthcare bill (if passed) won’t be felt for years.

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Media Critic David Zurawik: Obama’s Actions Against the Press Are Worse Than Trump’s Words So Far

Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik said on CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning that as bad as President Trump‘s verbal attacks on the press are, President Obama‘s actions against the press have so far been worse.

He told Brian Stelter that the press pushback to Trump has been getting “hysterical” in some places, saying that the idea that this is the “worst war on the press ever” is a little overblown when “he hasn’t even done what Obama’s done” yet.

Stelter pointed out that Trump’s rhetoric can be troubling, like when he called press outlets the “enemy of the people.”

Zurawik––who made it clear he wasn’t defending Trump––insisted that “actions are what matter,” saying that what the Obama administration did to James Rosen and James Risen were “far worse.”

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Matthews: Comey Publicly ‘Unable to Say the Truth’ on Wiretapping Because He Knows He’ll Get Fired

Chris Matthews tonight opened his show by expressing his astonishment at how long President Trump‘s wiretapping “smear” has lingered out there without pushback from FBI Director James Comey.

Comey briefed members of Congress in private, and there have been reports he has called for the DOJ to refute the president on his tweets, but he has not publicly commented yet.

Matthews said that’s because “Trump’ll fire him in five minutes or faster if he comes out and says the president is not telling the truth.”

But he still asked why the FBI director won’t “stand there like a man” and publicly say that Trump got it wrong.

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