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article and posted it online. let's turn to sarah huckabee-sanders. she is the deputy white house press secretary. >> good morning, savannah. great to be here. >> can we pick up where peter left off? when i saw the tweets, i thought president trump must have gotten a briefing that makes him believe that president obama tapped his phone at trump tower. subsequently we learned from the white house and other sources that this is drawn from media accounts. before we go further, can you let us know, is that the source of this information, strictly from media reports and not from any other source? >> the president firmly believes that the obama administration may have tapped into the phones at trump tower. >> is that based on media reports? >> this is something we should look into. we would like to know for sure. 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. >> wait a minute -- >> 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. >> you deserve that. just so we're clear on this one point -- is his information, that president obama tapped his phone, based solely on something he read in the media, yes or no? >> i haven't had a chance to have a conversation directly with the president. he's at a higher classification than i am. he may have access to documents that i don't know about. 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. >> indeed -- >> and do just that. >> you're entitled to do that. and on "meet the press," the former director of national intelligence, that would have overseen something like this. here's what he told chuck todd. take a look. >> if the fbi, for instance, had a court order for surveillance,
would that be information you would know or not know? >> yes. >> you would be told this? >> i would know that. >> if there was a fisa like this. >> absolutely. >> you cannot confirm or deny whether that exists? >> i can deny it. >> there is no court order? >> not to my knowledge. >> of anything at trump tower. >> you say the media is mismissive of this. they are trying to find out if it's true. director comey of the fbi also saying it isn't true. are they lying? >> all we're asking that the house intelligence committee is allowed to do their job. that's what we want them to do. when the fbi said the reports about the president were b.s., it was ignored. when "the new york times" reported it was b.s., when the house intelligence committee said there was no evidence of wrongdoing by the trump campaign, the reports kept coming and kept coming. there's a double-standard here. all we're asking is that the same level of attention be put
to this and let the house intelligence committee investigate this and see if there's any truth to it. the american people deserve to know if this happened because if it did, this would be the greatest overreach and the greatest abuse of power that we've ever seen. >> i think what you say is true. it would be the greatest abuse of power if it happened. but some of the press rofeports that the white house looks at, goes back to november. if it's a huge overreach, why not blow the whistle back then? the president says he just found out. can you reconcile that for us? >> it's never too late to do the right thing. that's what we're looking for here. let's do the right thing -- >> what you laid out is huge. the greatest overreach. why wouldn't that have been reacted to back in november when the first reports suggested a fisa warrant had been requested? >> our administration was becoming aware of how this could have happened and the potential threat this would cause.
and due to that, we want to make sure it's thoroughly investigated and thoroughly reviewed and the american people have a right to see if that happened. >> sarah, in fairness, that's not what the president tweeted on saturday. he didn't say, if this happened. he stated, as fact, unequivocally, that obama had my wires tapped in trump tower. he also said, he was tapping my phones in october. and he said, how low has president obama gone to tap my phones. bad or sick guy. he said it happened. >> i think the president firmly believes it did. and all we're asking for at this point, through the administration, is that we get down to the bottom of it and see if it did. again, the media loves to create this false narrative against the current president but is so quick to dismiss anything of the past administration. if the president walked across the potomac, the media would report he couldn't swim. we're asking that the same standard be applied to this