President Trump "looked like a third grader" trying to “squirm out of a lie" when asked about his wiretapping claims during a Fox News interview, CNN's political director said Thursday.
David Chalian, who oversees political coverage across all of CNN platforms, spoke on-air Thursday after the Senate Intelligence Committee announced it saw no evidence of Trump’s accusation.
“Yesterday on Fox he was still trying to worm his way out of the lie about wiretapping on that word,” Chailan said. “Saying you’re going to see in next couple weeks — something’s gonna come out — saying surveillance more broadly. They say no!”
Chalian said Trump should retract his claim and apologize to Obama if he can’t show proof.
Recent findings “are now providing a path to the president where he can no longer justify not retracting those tweets and apologizing to Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump's approval rating sinks to 35 percent: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report Interior secretary reopens federal coal mining MORE of a crime without any evidence whatsoever. I just think think the White House is just in such a pickle on this," he said.
"The president looked like a third-grader in that interview yesterday trying to squirm out of a lie."
The heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee said in a statement Thursday they have seen no evidence that the Obama administration “wiretapped” Trump Tower.
“Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016,” Sens. Richard BurrRichard BurrSenate committee to question Kushner over Russian meetings: report Devin Nunes has jeopardized the oversight role of Congress Schumer: Trump must apologize for wiretapping claim MORE (R-N.C.) and Mark WarnerMark WarnerTop Senate Intel Dem: Nunes's meeting on WH grounds 'more than suspicious' Sunday shows preview: Aftermath of failed healthcare bill Devin Nunes has jeopardized the oversight role of Congress MORE (D-Va.) said in a joint statement. No further details were provided.
Chalian joined CNN in 2013. He had previously been fired from Yahoo News in 2012 after criticizing Republicans for moving ahead with the Republican National Convention in Tampa during a major hurricane slamming the Gulf Coast.
"They’re not concerned at all," Chalian said on a hot mic, as first reported by then-Politico reporter Dylan Byers. "They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning."
Chalian was immediately terminated for the remark after the audio was made public. He joined CNN the following year to be the executive producer of a rebooted "Crossfire" before being promoted to political director.