- Tim Naftali: Spicer's comments on the existence of a super-secret, unelected "Deep State" supposedly intent on sabotaging Trump are poisonous
- In practically any other presidency, the White House would now be dropping the rash allegation and moving on, Naftali writes
The former director of the Richard Nixon Library, Timothy Naftali is a CNN presidential historian who teaches intelligence history and national security policy at NYU. The views expressed in this commentary are solely his.
(CNN)On Thursday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Richard Burr reiterated comments by the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes that there is no evidence that former President Obama had the intelligence community wiretap Trump Tower. Speaker Ryan's comments -- along with common sense -- should end any doubt that President Trump was either misinformed, winging it or deliberately lying when he alleged on March 4 a Watergate-like surveillance of his campaign headquarters by the Obama administration.