- Kellyanne Conway has now said she had 'no evidence' for suggesting Trump Tower may have been spied on through TVs and microwaves
- She said in an interview you can spy on someone through 'any number of ways'
- She told the Bergen Record that surveillance can be through TVs and even microwaves
- She claimed that alleged surveillance of Trump has gone beyond phone tapping
- Conway was quickly ridiculed on Twitter over her microwave comments
- President Trump claimed earlier this month that former President Barack Obama had Trump's 'wires tapped' before the November election
- Calls idea of Trump campaign Russia connection 'attenuated'
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway admitted Monday she had ‘no evidence’ for her sensational suggestion in an interview that the Obama administration may have been spying on Trump Tower through people’s TV sets.
‘Of course I don’t have any evidence for those allegations and that answer had nothing to do with what the president said last week,’ Conway told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Monday morning when pressed repeatedly about her claims.
Conway told the Bergen Record 'you can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets — any number of ways' when asked in a interview about President Trump's unsubstantiated claim that President Obama spied on Trump Tower.
Pressed repeatedly on her claim by Stephanopoulos, Conway downplayed her original claim and said she wasn't referring to Trump Tower when she said, it just running through the news of the day.
'All I said to the Bergen Record is – I was making a comment about the articles from this past week where it is revealed that one can be surveilled through any number of techniques, through microwaves, through the cameras, through televisions. I wasn’t talking about anything specifically,' she explained.
Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says you can spy on someone through 'any number of ways', including household appliances
At another point, she called the idea that there was a Trump campaign-Russia tie 'attenuated'
'The president’s just happy that this investigation now includes this aspect that the house Select Intelligence Committees and the houses are now going to have this as part of their very attenuated Russia campaign connection,' she said.
Given one more chance to provide evidence for her claim, Conway said: 'I have no evidence but that’s why there’s and investigation in Congress. That’s particularly what investigations are for, and I would not that Comey has asked the Department of Justice to make a comment that he hasn’t made a comment.'
Conway was referring to FBI Director James Comey's reported request that DOJ comment on President Trump's original charge that President Obama tapped his phones.
Various reports indicated that Comey asked Justice to comment on the charge because the FBI had carried out no such tapping.
Conway was mocked on Twitter after claiming that President Donald Trump might have been spied on through hidden cameras in his microwaves.
Her comments were part of a larger claim that alleged government surveillance of Trump has gone beyond the tapping of phones, and into other household appliances.
Conway was quickly ridiculed on Twitter, with social media users saying they'd be sure to check their appearance before turning on their microwaves.
Conway had told New Jersey's Bergen County Record that 'there are many ways to surveil each other'.
'You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets - any number of ways,' she said before adding: 'microwaves that turn into cameras.'
'We know this is a fact of modern life,' Conway told the newspaper without providing evidence to support her remarks.
Soon after her claims went to print, Twitter users joked online about being watched by their kitchen appliances.
A mock Trump Twitter account shared a stock photo of someone throwing out a microwave and wrote: 'Per my orders @KellyannePolls & @PressSec r throwing out all #WhiteHouse microwaves! Can't let Obama spy w/microwaves! Here's a pic of Sean!'
'Microwaves are the new spy cameras? At least something productive will be done in my kitchen,' a woman named Shelly wrote.
One Twitter user joked that the plot to record Trump through his microwave was called 'Operation Hot Pocket'.
Politics forecaster G Elliot Morris wrote: 'Better unplug your microwaves, kids; Kellyanne Conway says the gov can use them as spy cams. Oh, & your drier is a direct line to Langley!'
'I just pressed the Popcorn setting on my microwave and it showed me secret spy video of Kellyanne Conway eating lunch,' ESPN Insider analyst Aaron Schatz wrote.
Her comments follow Trump's claim earlier this month that former President Barack Obama had Trump's 'wires tapped' at Trump Tower before the election.
Trump hasn't provided evidence and Obama has denied the charge.
FBI director James Comey has privately urged the Justice Department to dispute Trump's claim but has not come forward to do so himself.
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