Donald Trump Defends Wiretap Statement in Tucker Carlson Interview

Donald Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. (Getty)

President Donald Trump in an interview with Tucker Carlson today defended his recent claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.

During the course of the interview, which will air this evening on Fox News, Trump doubled down on his unsubstantiated allegation and suggested that there will be information coming out in the near future that proves him to be correct.

“But wiretap covers a lot of different things,” Trump said in the interview, according to The New York Times reporter Michael M. Grynbaum. “I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.”

Donald Trump said in a tweet on March 4th that he “just found out” that President Obama tapped his phones during the election season, adding that Obama is a “bad (or sick) guy.” He did not offer any further specifics.

On Wednesday, Republican Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who generally sides with Trump, said that there is no evidence that Trump Tower was wiretapped.

“We don’t have any evidence that that took place,’’ Nunes told reporters. “In fact, I don’t believe, just in the last week of time, people we’ve talked to, I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.”

Nunes went on to say that if Trump’s tweet is to be taken literally, then “clearly the president is wrong.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said this week that he did not provide President Trump with any evidence that would suggest he was wiretapped, according to CNN.

“Look, the answer is no,” Sessions told reporters.

Tucker Carlson’s interview with President Trump will air tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Fox News.