Dem senator: Trump has lost credibility over wiretap claims

A Democratic senator asserted Thursday that President Trump has lost credibility after heads of two congressional intelligence panels said they have seen no evidence backing up his claim that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.

“This just shows we have a really dangerous situation for the country,” Sen. Chris V—an Hollen (D-Md.) said on MSNBC’s “For the Record."

"It’s bad for the White House, but it’s bad for the country when the credibility of the president of the United States is just zeroed out entirely," he added.


Van Hollen's comments came after Senate Intelligence Committee officials on Thursday said they had seen “no indications” the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Thursday’s statement from Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrHoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post Trump casts uncertainty over top intelligence role Trump withdraws Ratcliffe as Intelligence pick MORE (R-N.C.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerFacebook users in lawsuit say company failed to warn them of known risks before 2018 breach New intel chief inherits host of challenges Overnight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces MORE (D-Va.) echoed comments the day before from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) who told reporters, "We don’t have any evidence that took place."

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that Trump “stands by” his accusations made on Twitter early this month against Obama, but instead focused on Trump believing some type of "surveillance" took place, not necessarily wiretapping.

The House Intelligence panel has called for the Justice Department to turn over any evidence on the topic by Monday.

Van Hollen cited the Senate panel's announcement to argue that members of the global community cannot "take the words of the president seriously."

He said if Trump’s claims about Obama prove untrue “the question of course arises — can you ever trust what the president says in moments when it will matter to the country?”

“[It’s] everyday concerns — the interactions the president has with Congress, with the country and with international leaders,” he said. “The president has already been somebody who’s in this alternative universe, this alternative fact place, and this just goes to show they are stuck there.

“It’s not befitting the office of the president for somebody to be making those baseless claims."