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McCain Throws Down with Deadline for Trump to Put Up or Shut Up


Senator John McCain (R-AZ) called for President Donald Trump to substantiate his claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones. “I think the president has one of two choices, either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve,” the veteran senator said during an appearance yesterday on CNN’s State of the Union.

“I have no reason to believe that the charge is true,” McCain continued. “But I also believe that the president of the United States could clear this up in a minute. All he has to do is pick up the phone, call the director of the CIA, director of national intelligence, and say, OK, what happened? Because they certainly should know whether the former president of the United States was wiretapping Trump Tower.”

McCain argued that Trump, who leveled his accusations without any evidence, should withdraw them because persisting would only damage confidence in government. “I do believe that…accusing a former president of the United States of doing something which is not only illegal, but just unheard of, then that requires corroboration. If true, or the allegation is left out there, it undermines the confidence the American people have in the entire way that the government does business,” he said.

The House Intelligence Committee has requested that the Department of Justice turn over by Monday any evidence Trump Tower was wiretapped during last year’s presidential race. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the committee chairman, who served on the executive committee of Trump’s transition team, has said he has not yet seen evidence to support Trump’s claim. “The president is a neophyte to politics,” Nunes said last week. “He’s been doing this a little over a year. I think a lot of the things he says, I think you guys sometimes take literally.”

Representative Adam Schiff (D-California), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, also weighed in, telling ABC’s This Week that he doesn’t believe the DOJ has any evidence to turn over.

“There are one of two possibilities here. Either the president quite deliberately, for some reason, made up this charge. Or perhaps, more disturbing, the president really believes this,” Schiff said.

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