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ABC’s Stephanopoulos Demands Hard Evidence of Trump’s Wiretapping Claim…But he Has no Problem Believing Russia Conspiracy Theory Without Evidence [VIDEO]

Written by Philip Hodges

When Trump says something that contradicts or calls into question the U.S. Intelligence Community, the media act as if they’re totally aghast that our own President doesn’t have trust in our own Intelligence Community. How treasonous!

Let’s turn things around for a second for some perspective. Suppose President Obama said something that contradicted or called into question the U.S. Intelligence Community. How would the media have reacted in such a situation? They would have acted as if they were totally aghast that our own Intelligence Community would contradict the President of the United States of America. Then they’d go off on how we’re living in scary times indeed when our own Intelligence Community tries to lead astray the Commander-in-Chief himself. How treasonous!

Obviously, there’s a double standard. It’s clear that the media and political establishment want Trump and any Trump surrogate out. That’s their end game. And they’ll accomplish their goal by any means necessary. 

The whole Russian conspiracy was not based on any hard evidence. Even the Democrats acknowledge that. It’s based on hearsay from dubious and unknown sources. But the media are sure it’s true. (Actually, they don’t care whether it’s true or not.)

Then come tweets from the President accusing the previous administration of wiretapping his phones during the campaign. The media have so far mocked and ridiculed it as a silly conspiracy theory. All of a sudden, they care about proof. They want to see hard evidence of the President’s claims. And even if they do see evidence at some point, they’ll immediately call it into question and claim that Trump had someone fabricate it.

Check out this interview between the Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: We now know that the FBI director has told the Justice Department that President Trump’s explosive claims are inaccurate. Does President Trump accept the FBI director’s denial? 

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: You know, I don’t think he does, George. I think he firmly believes that this is a storyline that has been reported pretty widely by quite a few outlets. The wiretapping has been discussed in The New York Times, BBC, Fox News and we believe that it should be looked at by the House Intelligence Committee. 

STEPHANOPOULOS: Sarah, I have to stop you. Sarah, I have got to stop you right there. Every single article you just mentioned does not back up the president’s claim that President Obama had him wiretapped. Not a single one of those articles backs that up. So, what is the president’s evidence? 

SANDERS: It does back up the fact that the administration was wiretapping American citizens. There was wide reporting suggesting that his administration, whether it was directly ordered by this president specifically, his administration could have done this.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Sarah, I have got to stop you again. No, Sarah, I have got to stop you again because that is simply not true. All the articles you just mentioned, not one of them says that President Trump ordered a wiretap. One of them was based on —

SANDERS: President Obama. 

STEPHANOPOULOS: President Obama. One of them, based on anonymous sources, says there might have been a court ordered FISA wiretap. That has been denied by the former director of national intelligence, James Clapper. 

SANDERS: Look, I love how anonymous sources don’t matter anymore. We’ve been dealing with anonymous sources and having to fight back against that for the last six months. It’s funny how the media now starts to — 

STEPHANOPOULOS: But Sarah, hold on a second. Sarah, even if that one is true, even if that one is true, that is saying there was a court-ordered wiretap, not an illegal wiretap ordered by President Obama. 

SANDERS: Look, it would have been under this administration, George. You don’t get to just wash your hands of something whether it’s the Justice Department under which you control, which would have fallen under this administration and under this past president. I think the bigger question here is let’s let the House Intelligence Committee do its job, George.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Sarah, that is simply — that is not true. 

SANDERS: They committed over the weekend — 

STEPHANOPOULOS: Sarah, hold on a second. Hold on a second. That is not true. There is a world of difference between an illegal wiretap ordered by a president and court-ordered wiretap approved by a federal judge. There is a world of difference between those two things.

My opinion? I think Trump is playing the media as he does so often. He is playing the same exact game they’ve been playing ever since he won the election. Maybe he has evidence, or maybe he doesn’t. If he doesn’t actually have evidence, then he’s simply using the media’s tactics against them. It’s making the media’s double standard more and more obvious. They don’t need evidence to claim Trump is a secret Russian asset, demanding investigation after investigation. But they need hard evidence to prove that the Obama administration had Trump and his campaign under surveillance.

The Dems and the media are calling for investigations into unsubstantiated claims about Russian connections, ‘just to make sure,’ since there’s no actual evidence. So, Trump’s doing the same thing. ‘Just to make sure,’ let’s investigate the possibility that the Obama administration bugged Trump illegally.

If Wikileaks’ latest data dump is any clue, I’d say the previous administration had every American under surveillance. 

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