Spicer: Conway was joking about spying microwaves

Donald Trump was not speaking literally when he made the unsubstantiated claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his NY skyscraper, the White House press secretary has said. "I think there's been numerous reports from a variety of outlets over the last couple months that seem to indicate that there has been different types of surveillance that occurred during the 2016 election". Trump, Spicer said, was referring to surveillance in general because the president put wiretapping in quotation marks.

But in a series of interviews on Monday morning, Conway said she wasn't talking specifically about Trump's allegations.

"What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately", including "microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera", Conway told New Jersey's The Record newspaper in an interview Sunday. "I'll let the American people be the judge, but this is serious stuff", McCain said on CNN's "State of the Union".

This weekend, President Donald Trump's senior advisor, Kellyanne Conway, was back on the TV circuit.

The House intelligence committee said it would give the department until March 20 to comply with the evidence request.

In an animated question-and-answer session with reporters during his regular briefing, Spicer suggested Trump had been speaking broadly when he posted his accusations against Obama on March 4.

The department had been expected to provide a response by Monday to the House intelligence committee, which has made Trump's wiretapping claims part of a bigger investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Conway didn't offer any evidence for the remarks.

Under U.S. law, presidents can not direct wiretapping.

Conway's claim became the butt of jokes on late-night television and prompted Wired magazine to publish a piece entitled "No, Microwave Ovens Cannot Spy on You-for Lots of Reasons".

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, has said he plans to question FBI Director James Comey over Trump's wiretapping charge.

Conway went so far as to say there are "microwaves that turn into cameras", noting "this is a fact of modern life".

"We know that there is significant reporting on this subject", Spicer said.

She described those calling for an investigation into the matter "a bunch of people who still just can't believe that Hillary Clinton lost the election".

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