CNN host, GOP rep spar over Trump wiretap talk

CNN host Chris Cuomo and Rep. Sean DuffySean Patrick DuffyThe Republican tax bill will cut thousands of Puerto Rico jobs Rep. Hensarling will push deregulation until retirement GOP lawmaker: Trump-Tillerson tensions are part of the president's 'strategy' MORE (R-Wis.) got into a heated debate Friday over President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE’s unproven claim former President Obama wiretapped him in 2016.

“Why does this make sense to you?” Cuomo asked Duffy on “New Day." "The man who can get the answer most quickly is the president of the United States. He has not done so.”

“When [White House press secretary] Sean Spicer comes out so strongly yesterday — you’ve aired that clip many times — and Donald Trump hasn’t walked this comment back, it leads me to believe they may have something,” Duffy responded. "So I don’t want to condemn them yet.”

“I’m willing to give them some more time,” he continued. "If you have evidence that you’ve been surveilled, let’s see it so we can put the story behind us.”

Cuomo countered that Trump has rarely abandoned past remarks that critics had found dubious or inaccurate.

“The birther claims weren’t walked back until it was torture for him during the campaign,” he said, citing Trump’s assertion that Obama was born outside the U.S. "But remember how long it took and what it took to do that. That was like a no-brainer, the birther thing. Everyone knew that was garbage from the jump.”

Cuomo added: "We keep coming to you guys to justify these claims because you’re leaders, too. And what we ignore we empower.”

The heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday they had seen “no indications” that the Obama administration surveilled Trump Tower in New York City last year, contrary to claims Trump tweeted and since has refused to recant.

The statement from Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSessions argued presidents can obstruct justice in Clinton impeachment trial Trump Jr. to meet with Senate panel amid Russia probe Trump’s Russian winter grows colder with Flynn plea deal MORE (R-N.C.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank Comey back in the spotlight after Flynn makes a deal Warner: Every week another shoe drops in Russia investigation MORE (D-Va.) echoed one the day before from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who told reporters “we don’t have any evidence that took place" Wednesday.

Spicer said Thursday that Trump “stands by” his controversial accusation despite no evidence having validated them.