On ABC's "The View," host Whoopi Goldberg made an appeal to President Donald Trump to "apologize" to former President Barack Obama over Trump's accusations of wiretapping by the Obama administration. FBI Director James Comey said March 21 there was no evidence to support Trump's claim.
Trump made the accusations in a series of tweets in early March 2017, suggesting Obama had wiretapped his phone lines during the 2016 campaign. He compared the alleged Obama interference to former President Richard Nixon's famed Watergate scandal, and also asserted that Obama's actions were "McCarthyism."
According to reports, Trump may have based his accusation on a theory posited by conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin.
"How many phone calls of Donald Trump, if any, have been intercepted by the administration and recorded by the Obama administration?” said Levin on his program, which has a national audience, reports the Los Angeles Times. "This, ladies and gentlemen, is the real scandal."
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The accusation created a stir among both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, and an investigation was opened by the FBI into the wiretap allegations. Comey rebuked Trump's claims in testimony to Congress on March 20.
"I have no information that supports those tweets,” Comey said. “And we have looked carefully inside the FBI."
"Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No ... there never was," Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes of California told "Fox News Sunday," according to CNN.
"I hope that we can put an end to this wild goose chase because what the president said was just patently false," said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, on NBC's "Meet the Press."
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As for Goldberg, she suggested that in light of the testimony by Comey and the lack of evidence to support the claim, Trump should apologize to the previous administration for the comments he levied against them.
"The bottom line is nobody wiretapped your a**!" she said, reports Breitbart News. "So maybe [White House press secretary] Sean Spicer, I know you don’t get this, but perhaps an apology to the former commander-in-chief for accusing him of a federal crime, of a felony."
Goldberg and her panel of hosts also discussed other matters that were divulged in Comey's testimony to Congress, particularly Trump's insistence the Russian government had no impact on the electoral process of the 2016 election.
Trump tweeted during Comey's hearing that the FBI and NSA had in fact refuted any involvement of the Russian government. Comey responded that the FBI had no opinion on the matter, as it had not investigated it fully.