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Kellyanne Conway’s comments add fuel to the fire

Kellyanne Conway, Trump's Senior Advisor.

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Kellyanne Conway, Trump's Senior Advisor.

Crystian Mendoza, Sports Editor

Recently, President Trump’s senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, made comments based off of Trump’s previous claims suggesting that former president Barack Obama had wire tapped his telephone with a number of different devices.

Conway was quick to clarify that she did not intend to accuse the former president of spying on the Trump administration via a kitchen appliance, arguing that her comments were taken out of context by the media.

Conway’s comments were contradicting, she stated to CNN this past Monday, “I don’t believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign.” Yet in an interview with The Record of Bergen County, N.J., she said that former president Obama’s spying efforts may very well be far more extensive than a basic wire tap.

Conway’s comments appear to contradict themselves, telling the paper, “what I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other. You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets-any number of ways.”

Conway’s comments added fuel to the fire after Trump took to twitter this past Mar. 4 and posted a series of tweets that began with: “is it legal for a sitting president to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”

The tweets didn’t stop there either, he followed by saying “I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October just prior to Election!” Trump had reason to believe the Obama administration was wiretapping his telephone, but took to Twitter for his claims without any real evidence.

Trump nor anyone at the White House currently posses any type of evidence in favor of Trump’s claims, and are actually requesting Congress to investigate the issue as it correlates to Russia’s interference in the presidential election.

Trump’s last tweet regarding the subject read, “how low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

Nonetheless, Conway told CNN she was not referring to Trump’s claims when referring to the microwave surveillance and simply responded with “I’m not in the job of having evidence, that’s what investigations are for” commenting on the fact that she ultimately had no actual proof that surveillance was taking place on behalf of the Obama administration.

Conway’s comments, according to her, were not directed at former President Obama. Instead, they were referring to the recent WikiLeaks publication of documents titled Vault 7 which originated within the CIA and exposed their hacking capabilities.

WikiLeaks published its first full part of a series this past Mar. 7 and it is made up of 8,761 documents which have been titled “Year Zero” and disclose the CIA has the ability the collect data and other information from Apple iPhones, Google Androids, Windows, and even Samsung Smart TV’s.

When asked if she knows if Trump Tower was actually wiretapped, Conway failed to answer.

 

 

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