In a contentious round of questioning from MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the reporter wondered why President Trump would call on Congress to investigate an alleged wiretapping scheme — of which Trump claims to already have evidence.
“You said the President stands by his tweets Saturday morning that President Obama ordered this wiretap,” Jackson said, addressing Spicer.
“You’ve also said that the President wants Congress to investigate. Some members of Congress, by the way, have asked the White House and asked the President to come forward with the information. So bottom line, why would the president want Congress to investigate for information he already has?”
Spicer tried to deflect, saying that it came down to a “question of appropriateness.”
“But if the president has the info… if he’s sitting on this information, if he’s found out — he’s now directing or asking or recommending that the intelligence committees look into this. And you talked about they have resources and staff, which they do. But why expend those resources and staff if the president found out this information and has it?” Jackson countered.
Watch the full exchange in the video above.