A spokesman for former President Obama issued a statement denying the former president or his White House ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower during the election.
The statement came from the former president’s current spokesman Kevin Lewis on Saturday afternoon, after President Donald Trump made the accusation in a tweetstorm that shifted the focus of the news day.
Check out statement from Kevin Lewis, spokesperson to former President Obama. Enough said. pic.twitter.com/OTEQiVOHvh
— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) March 4, 2017
That statement followed a similar denial by an unnamed former senior official in the Obama administration.
Former aide to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett emphatically tweeted that Lewis’ statement was “enough said” but was it?
There are still questions such as, why didn’t the 44th president issue the statement himself but rather opted to have it done through a spokesman who signed his name to it?
And, was it actually a denial?
Jon Favreau, a speechwriter who worked for former President Obama during his administration, warned the media, and fellow liberals, not to paint the statement as a denial that Trump Tower was wiretapped.
I’d be careful about reporting that Obama said there was no wiretapping. Statement just said that neither he nor the WH ordered it.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) March 4, 2017
He is correct. Nowhere in the “denial” is any denial that the wiretap occurred or that the Obama administration knew of it.
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