Stephanopoulos vs. Sarah Huckabee On Wiretaps: "That Is Simply Not True"


Trump White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee faces off with Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos over President Trump's charge that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration during his campaign for president. Stephanopoulos grilled Huckabee for evidence of the accusation on Monday's GMA:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (HOST): 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.

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