New York Republican Rep. Peter King said that President Donald Trump should never have alleged that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential election.
Rep. Peter King on Trump’s wiretap claims: “It was an overreaction. … He should have not done it” https://t.co/Q5cOAo3E9q
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“He should not have done it,” he said on Monday during an appearance on CNN’s ‘The Situation Room’ with Wolf Blitzer. “I said that almost from day one.”
The New York Republican added that Trump “overshot the mark” in responding to the leaks from the Obama-era officials within the federal government.
“I think there are people in the government or formerly in the government who leaked out [information] against the law, committing felonies, in an attempt to hurt Donald Trump,” he said.
“[There are] people in there who are leaking out very, very classified top secret information, most of which was false in the way it was leaked out. That, I think, is what the president was overreacting to. It was an overreaction to very legitimate complaints.”
Earlier on Monday, FBI Director James Comey testifying before the House Intelligence Committee said that the Department of Justice has “no information” to support the allegations that Trump has made against the former President.
In a hearing that may not have happened had the President refrained from making his accusations against Obama, Comey also made the bombshell revelation that the FBI was investigating Russian interference into the 2016 election, and the involvement of the Trump campaign or allies in colluding with Moscow in that effort.
Meanwhile, Trump continued to stand by his allegations, even after Comey’s testimony.