Whether it’s Sean Spicer or Kellyanne Conway, they always start dissembling with unqualified discussions on surveillance techniques whenever they are asked a direct question about their boss’s ridiculous wiretapping allegations against former President Obama. Spicer never goes as far as Conway — who has now famously suggested even common kitchen appliances could have been used to bug Trump — but he always finds a way to weasel out of a direct answer.
He did so again in today’s White House press briefing but elaborated a bit saying that there is “significant reporting” to back up Trump’s wild claim and that he believes President Mini-Mitts will ultimately be “vindicated.”
“I think he’s extremely confident. There’s been, I mean, I’ve mentioned this before… I’ll let them do their jobs,” said Spicer, when asked if Trump is confident that any evidence will surface to support his claim. “I’ll let the House, the Senate and I’ll let the DOJ report this. But as I’ve commented in the past, I think there’s significant reporting about surveillance techniques that have existed throughout the 2016 election.”
“I’ll leave it to them to issue their report. But I think he feels very confident that we’ll ultimately, come of this [sic], will vindicate him.”
The reporter then followed up and simply asked if Trump will make a statement when evidence — any evidence, of any kind — comes out. Which should be an easy question to answer unless your name is Sean Spicer. He responded by blathering on about letting the investigations run their course, saying “I don’t want to get ahead of what the president may or may not do.”
The really funny part, given that Conway was in the briefing room, was when Spicer was also asked if Trump believes “… he was surveilled through microwaves and televisions.”
“I’ll just say the president has tweeted about this, he’s pretty clear that he believes there was surveillance conducted during the 2016 election,” said the diminutive mouthpiece. “I think there’s pretty sound evidence that the microwave is not a sound way of surveilling someone and I think that has been cleaned up. It was made in jest, so I think we can put that to rest.”
Why, oh why, wasn’t there a camera on Conway as Spicer answered that question?
Here’s the clip of Spicer saying he believes Trump will be vindicated.