Senator Schumer slams Trump on wiretapping claims


In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), host Chuck Todd brought up the subject of President Trump’s latest tweets about Chuck Schumer meeting with Russian President Putin and the president calling Schumer “a total hypocrite.”

Regarding President Trump’s recent claims that former President Obama ordered wiretaps on his phones in 2016, prior to the election, Schumer replied:

Well look, President Obama has flatly denied that he has done this, and either way, Chuck, the president’s in trouble. If he falsely spread this kind of misinformation, that is so wrong. It’s beneath the dignity of the presidency. It is something that really hurts people’s view of government. It’s civilization warping.”

Schumer went on to say that it “shows the president doesn’t know how to ‘conduct himself.'”

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Schumer followed that statement with one that offered this scenario:

“On the other hand, if it’s true, it’s even worse for the president. Because that means that a federal judge, independently elected, has found probable cause that the president, or people on his staff have probable cause, to have broken the law or to have interacted with a foreign agent.”

Schumer said, “So, either way, the president makes it worse with these tweets. Now, is he trying to divert things here? Yeah. The president denied this. … I don’t have any doubt that President Obama has been telling the truth.”

Senator Schumer then pushed for a special prosecutor to be in charge of the investigation into what went on in the Trump campaign and transition.

When Sen. Schumer was asked by the host, “Do you [longer] have confidence in the intelligence committee to do this on the Senate side, to conduct this investigation?”

Schumer responded:

“The intelligence committee is a congressional oversight and, yes, I have some doubts about Chairman Burr. He first denied that they should even investigate, then when he was pushed by Mark Warner, he said O.K, we’ll investigate.”

See the interview below:

H/T: The Hill

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