President Trump is facing calls to retract and apologize for his sensational claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower last year. The chances of that happening are approximately zero, but Trump can meet his critics partway. Here’s what he should say:
“My words were imprecise when I expressed concern that President Obama engaged in illegal surveillance. My intent was to focus public attention on the torrent of leaks of confidential information gathered by federal authorities. Such leaks are serious crimes and must be firmly addressed.
“The leaks were contained in media reports saying members of my campaign were being investigated by the FBI, the CIA and other intelligence agencies about whether they colluded with Russian agents during the presidential election.
“There was zero truth to those allegations, and members of the previous administration, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, have publicly said there is no evidence. Michael Morell, the former CIA acting director and a close ally of Hillary Clinton, agreed, saying investigators found nothing.