The Trump administration has been at the receiving end of much scrutiny this week after President Trump took to Twitter to claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped the phones at Trump Tower prior to the November 2016 election.
However, despite public scrutiny, the administration has continued to stand by the President’s unsubstantiated claims.
During Wednesday’s White House press briefing, Sean Spicer perpetuated Trump’s theory, saying that a Fox News reporter’s phone was tapped under the Obama administration. Spicer had been commenting on a Wikileaks release on Tuesday that detailed the Central Intelligence Agency’s alleged hacking.
Spicer was commenting on a WikiLeaks dump on Tuesday that detailed the CIA’s alleged widespread hacking. “James Rosen had his phone, multiple phones tapped,” Spicer said.
On Sunday, during an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Rosen debunked Spicer’s claim, saying,
“I was not wiretapped, my parents were not wiretapped, which is where you place a listening device on someone’s telephone line and you listen to their conversations.”
As CNN reports, former Attorney General Eric Holder had subpoenaed Rosen’s emails and phone records after he was labeled as a “criminal co-conspirator” after he received classified information from a former State Department contractor.