Over the long holiday weekend, while much of the news coverage was focused on President Donald Trump’s impending decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the continued recovery efforts in Hurricane Harvey-ravaged areas, we got a news dump from the Trump administration. After months, the Department of Justice confirmed that there was no evidence former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.
This, of course, only became an issue due to tweets President Donald Trump sent out in March accusing his predecessor of spying on him during last year’s election. In a short essay this afternoon, CNN anchor Jake Tapper highlighted how the acknowledgment was “embarrassing” for the administration, thus why it was released on a Friday night during a holiday weekend.
“Friday night document dumps are a time-honored tradition in Washington for administrations seeking to put out information so you don’t pay attention to it,” he stated. “Holiday weekend Friday night news dumps are traditionally when the administration is so embarrassed about the information but our system of checks and balances is mandating that it’s released, and it’s doing everything it can to hide it.”
Tapper continued, “And make no mistake, this information is embarrassing. It’s embarrassing because the president said something that wasn’t true at all and the federal government knew it wasn’t true back in March when [James] Comey testified and your taxpayer dollars keep being used to investigate this fiction.”
After pointing out that the administration has made various attempts to make the claim about unmasking, the CNN host stated that the “bottom line” is that there’s never been any evidence that Obama wiretapped Trump.
“It was and continues to be a lie,” Tapper concluded.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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