Kellyanne Conway weaseled her way back from saying microwave ovens have been secretly keeping an eye on Donald Trump, when she appeared on morning talk shows Monday. Claiming that she is not “inspector gadget,” the president’s senior counselor tried to spin “microwaves that turn into cameras” into something entirely else.
‘We know this is a fact of modern life. There are many ways to surveil each other [including] phones and television sets.’
Conway claimed she wasn’t connecting WikiLeaks’ dump of nearly 8,000 documents to exposing the CIA’s tools for targeting computers, cellphones, and smart TVs. Instead, she was only talking about “surveillance generally,” and people should not interpret that as specific to Trump’s claim.
On ABC’s Good Morning America, Conway said that she had no intelligence to support her earlier claims of President Obama spying on Trump:
‘The answer is I don’t have any evidence and I’m very happy that the House intelligence committee (is) investigating.’
Then the president’s counselor tweeted:
President Obama’s director of national intelligence James Clapper said Trump’s claims of his predecessor wiretapping him were wrong.
New Jersey’s The Record newspaper interviewed Conway Sunday. She said:
‘What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately [including] microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera. So we know that that is just a fact of modern life.’
Conway told Good Morning America that she was simply referring to surveillance “generally,” not specifically to the alleged Trump Tower surveillance:
Iconic Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona spoke about the issue on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday:
‘I think the president has one of two choices: either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve, because, if his predecessor violated the law, President Obama violated the law, we have got a serious issue here, to say the least.’
The House Intelligence Committee’s chair Republican Representative Devin Nunes of California and ranking Democratic member Adam Schiff of California sent a joint letter to the Justice Department demanding it supply any evidence of Trump’s claim. Thus far, they have not received a reply.
Check out this video of Conway on CNN trying to defend her “inspector gadget” comments: