An agitated Sean Spicer on Thursday defended President Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him, reading a barrage of news reports to try to back up the accusation even after top lawmakers on congressional intelligence committees refuted it.
The White House press secretary was asked if the president "still stands by his allegation that President Obama ordered wiretapping or surveillance on Trump Tower."
"He stands by it," Spicer told reporters, suggesting that investigations by the House and Senate intelligence committees may not have yielded all relevant information, yet.
On Thursday, the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said they did not have evidence to support Trump's claim that Obama wiretapped him ahead of the 2016 U.S. election.
"Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016," the statement by Republican Chairman Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, said.
The top Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday they did not have evidence to support the wiretapping accusation. GOP Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes said he did not "think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower." However, he said that applies if Trump literally meant he was wiretapped.