PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I don’t want to comment on anything about — other than to say I think it’s a — I think it’s truly one of the big stories of our time.”
GLENN THRUSH: “Do you think she [Susan Rice] might have committed a crime?”
TRUMP: “Do I think?”
TRUMP: “Yes, I think.”
—exchange between Trump and New York Times reporters, April 5, 2017
President Trump granted an interview to the New York Times, offering yet another unverified claim. The White House did little to explain his comments, not responding to a query. Although eventually a partial transcript was released, The New York Times article left the impression that Trump was referring to officials seeking the identities of Trump associates who were swept up in the surveillance of foreign officials by American spy agencies. But the actual conversation is murky, leaving open the possibility that the president thought another crime had been committed, such as leaking classified information.
“It’s such an important story for our country and the world,” Trump claimed. “It is one of the big stories of our time.”