Over the weekend, a media frenzy occurred after President Donald Trump claimed that Obama had tapped his wires right before he was elected.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” tweeted Trump early Saturday morning.
He then condemned the former president for steeping to a “new low.”
“Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!,” tweeted Trump. “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
He also alluded that a lawyer would have a strong case against Obama for spying on him
“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!” tweeted Trump.
Trump did not share how he discovered the wiretap, however Breitbart posted an article the day before claiming the Obama administration made two official Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) requests to monitor Trump’s communications. This was likely in attempt to connect him to the Russian banks.
The Obama administration was quick to deny the allegations.
“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” said Kevin Lewis, a Obama spokesman in the statement Saturday afternoon. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
FBI Director James Comey also challenged Trump’s claim about the wiretapping.
“Federal Bureau of Investigation head Comey has asked the Justice Department to reject Trump’s accusation that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap at Trump Tower in New York because the claim was false and must be corrected, a federal law enforcement official said,” writes Reuters.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked if Trump still had confidence in Comey even though he aggressively challenged Trump’s claim.
“There’s nothing that I have been told by him that would lead me to believe that anything is different than what it was prior,” said Spicer.
He then said he was “almost 100%” certain Trump had not spoken to Comey since he had made the allegations on Twitter Saturday morning. “I’m not aware that that occurred,” Spicer told reporters.
“Democrats accused Trump of making the wiretapping claim to try to distract from controversy about possible links to Russia. His administration has come under pressure from FBI and congressional investigations into contacts between members of his campaign team and Russian officials,” writes Reuters.
Trump also took to Twitter to provide background on the controversy about Attorney General Jeff Sessions meeting with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
“The first meeting Jeff Sessions had with the Russian Amb was set up by the Obama Administration under education program for 100 Ambs……” tweeted Trump.
Then he pointed out that Obama met with Kislyak so many more times.
“Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times last year alone.”
Although both Trump and Sessions keep being linked to Russia by liberal media outlets, critics of Session also argue that he shouldn’t have lied under oath about his meetings with Kislyak.
Author’s note: Trump is not someone to make such a strong allegation without having some evidence to back it up. Why would he say that a lawyer would have a strong case against the former government? I don’t think we have heard the last of this issue.
Editor’s note: Trump critics are scrambling to deny it, ridicule it, and speculate how crazy Trump must be. But the Obama Administration has been involved in many wiretaps, and has shown its lack of integrity multiple times. This could stick.