“Good evening, thanks for joining us,” Cooper said out of the chute on the latest episode of his CNN show. “Tonight, we know the President of the United States has no facts.”
Cooper said we know this because bipartisan members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have seen no evidence that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, and House Speaker Paul Ryan also said he has seen no evidence.
Cooper opened his show with the “Keeping Them Honest” segment about the president’s unfounded claims of wiretapping. He said:
“We know the president has no facts to back up his early morning Saturday tweet storm because in today’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer read a long list of media reports that he seemed to believe back up the president’s claims. Media reports: Sean Hannity, Judge Napalitano, Heat Street, the New York Times, the very paper the President of the United States has referred to as failing and fake.”
Cooper then showed portions of President Trump’s wandering interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlton, in which the president acknowledged his allegations stemmed from things he’s read. As Cooper pointed out, Trump could easily have found out the truth simply by asking.
It reminded Cooper of how years ago, Trump promised to produce evidence that President Obama was not a United States citizen. Ultimately, of course, Trump admitted that Obama is a citizen.
Cooper later welcomed New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg, who found it odd that President Trump keeps citing one of its articles as a source for his wiretapping allegation. Rosenberg said no Times article has ever reported such news.
“It’s getting bizarre at this point, because we’ve said very clearly on your show that that’s not what the story said,” Rosenberg said. “Anybody can read the story and see that’s not what it said.”