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Trump's wiretapping claim makes U.S. 'vulnerable': Panetta

Sunday, March 05, 2017 - 00:36

Former President Obama's CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta tells ''Face the Nation'' on CBS that President Trump's wiretapping allegations against Obama makes the U.S. ''vulnerable to our enemies.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: In an interview with "Face the Nation" on CBS, Leon Panetta, the CIA director and defense secretary under former President Obama, said that President Donald Trump's allegation against Obama that the then-president ordered a wiretap of the phones at Trump's campaign headquarters in Trump Tower would make the U.S. "vulnerable." "When he accuses a past president of wiretapping without any evidence of that being the case it makes us vulnerable. It weakens the United States and it makes us vulnerable to our enemies," Panetta said on Sunday (March 5). Trump made the wiretapping accusation, without supporting evidence, in a series of early morning tweets on Saturday amid expanding scrutiny of his campaign's ties to Russia. An Obama spokesman denied the charge, saying it was "a cardinal rule" that no White House official interfered with independent Justice Department investigations.

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Trump's wiretapping claim makes U.S. 'vulnerable': Panetta

Sunday, March 05, 2017 - 00:36