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Conway: 'I Don't Have Any Evidence' on Surveillance Claims

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By    |   Monday, 13 Mar 2017 08:22 AM

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said she does not have "any evidence" to support comments she made over the weekend about whether various surveillance measures that can be used to spy on Americans were used to eavesdrop on Trump Tower.

Further, she insisted Monday to ABC's "Good Morning America" anchor George Stephanopoulos, she was not talking specifically about President Donald Trump's claims former President Barack Obama wiretapped his campaign headquarters at Trump Tower.

"The answer is, I don't have any evidence, and I'm very happy that the House Intelligence Committee is investigating," Conway told Stephanopoulos.

Her comments came after a weekend interview with The Record of northern New Jersey, when she told columnist Mike Kelly the monitoring activities might have involved more than wiretapping.

"What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other," Conway told Kelly in the interview. "You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets — any number of ways."

Conway told Stephanopoulos on Monday in her comments to Kelly, she was not making a suggestion about Trump Tower, even though that was what Kelly had asked her.

"I answered him about surveilling generally," Conway said, continuing she had no evidence that kind of surveillance had been used at Trump Tower.

"I have no evidence, but that's why there is an investigation in Congress," Conway said. "That's particularly what investigations are for. I would note [FBI] Director [James] Comey asked the Department of Justice to make a comment. He hasn't made a comment, and I noticed yesterday Congressman [Adam] Schiff said he would ask Comey about that."

But again, she insisted, "I have no evidence for these, and that answer has nothing to do with what the president said last week."

Conway, also appearing on CNN's "New Day," told anchor Chris Cuomo she is "not in the job of having evidence," as that is up to investigators.

"I'm not Inspector Gadget," Conway said. "I don't believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign. I have said many, many times throughout the week that the president is pleased that the House and Senate Intelligence committees have agreed with him that this should be part of the investigation that already exists about Russia and the campaign, an investigation that apparently has gone nowhere so far.

"Every single day on this network and others people are screaming about Russia and the campaign and to what avail?"

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The Justice Committee has asked for proof to be submitted by today from the Trump administration to back up his claims about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower, and Conway, also appearing on NBC's "Today" show, said Trump has called for the House and Senate Intelligence Committees to add the matter to their investigations into the 2016 presidential campaign.

"He's pleased that's happening," she told show anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. "We're not going to comment further."

When she was asked why Trump would not ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions to turn over evidence so he could be proven right, Conway shot back "that sounds like an allegation."

"What Jim Clapper has said on other networks, if not this one, he can say those organizations under his purview, did not do this," Conway said. "That doesn't discount the rest of the Obama administration. We know Kevin Lewis, the president's spokesman said a week ago, he said he can tell you that the president and people in the White House weren't responsible."

She also said she could not comment on private conversations Trump has had with Sessions or others in the matter, but "we're aware of the deadline and are glad it's happening."

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