Aide dodges question on source for Trump's wiretapping claims

A White House spokeswoman on Monday dodged a question about the source of President Trump's claims that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before last year's election.

During an interview Monday on NBC's "Today," Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if Trump got his information strictly from media reports.

"The president firmly believes that the Obama administration may have tapped into the phones at Trump Tower and that this is something that we should look into," she said.

"We'd like to know for sure."

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When pressed on whether the allegations are based on media reports, Huckabee Sanders criticized the press.

"The media has been extremely dismissive of this reporting and this potential story while all the while being very happy to jump on all of the false attacks that have been launched at this president over the last six months," she said.

"All we're asking for is a fair and same look at this potential story and to let the House Intelligence Committee do their job."

When asked again, she said she hasn't had the chance to "have the conversation directly with the president."

"He's at a much higher classification than I am, so he may have access to documents that I don't know about," she said.

"But I do know that we take this very seriously and we think it should be thoroughly reviewed and investigated and we're asking Congress to do their job."

Trump made the claims over the weekend without any evidence. In a series of tweets Saturday morning, Trump questioned whether it as legal for a sitting president to be wiretapping "a race for president prior to an election."

A New York Times report Sunday said FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject the president's claims.