‘If, If, If, If, If!’: ABC’s Martha Raddatz Takes On Deputy Press Sec Over Uncertainty of Wiretap
During a segment on ABC’s This Week, anchor Martha Raddatz took the opportunity to grill White House spox Sarah Huckabee Sanders on the unfounded allegations that former president Barack Obama ordered an illegal wiretap of Donald Trump during the election process.
Raddatz held nothing back, saying that Trump was making “extremely serious charges,” while questioning where Trump was getting his information.
In response Sanders said that numerous media outlets, including the BBC, reported that federal investigators sought warrants to monitor Russian banks suspected of potentially steering money to the Trump campaign, though this comment didn’t directly reference Trump’s wiretap claim.
“All we’re saying is let’s take a closer look. Let’s look into this. If this happened, if this is accurate, this is the biggest overreach,” Sanders said.
Raddatz, measuredly, went in for the kill: “If, if, if, if, if! Why is the president saying it did happen?” Jumping to POTUS’s defense, Sanders said, “I think he is going off information he’s seen that has led him to believe that this is a very real potential.”
“I will let the president speak for himself,” Sanders added.
“You’re his spokesperson,” Raddatz said
“And I’m speaking about it right now,” Sanders said.
“But you’re backing off of it. You’re backing off of it,” Raddatz said.
The ABC anchor then took the opportunity to reiterate the point that much of Trump’s allegation is unsubstantiated: “He’s saying — once again, he said it did happen.”
“All we’re asking is we get the same level of look into the Obama administration and the potential that they had for a complete abuse of power that they’ve been claiming that we’ve done over the last six months,” Sanders retorted. ”
“I just want to say, Donald Trump started this on Saturday morning,” Raddatz opined.
Watch above, via ABC.
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