Obama irked by Trump's wiretapping allegations
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 09, 2017,
Mar 09, 2017, 0:43
Early Saturday morning, Trump said on Twitter that he "Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory". Because it means the administration would like someone to find out if there is any truth to what the president claimed.
A spokesman for Obama has said the wiretapping allegation is "simply false", and Trump has not offered any evidence to support his contention. He compared it to President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal.
"Jim Comey is an honorable guy", he said. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., at a press conference Tuesday, seemed to downplay Trump's tweets - while announcing his committee would hold its first public hearing March 20 on the broader issue. " wrote Trump in one of the many tweets he posted accusing Obama, without providing any proof to back up his claims".
But Trump's tweets follow claims made by conservative radio host Mark Levin on Thursday about alleged steps taken by the Obama administration to undermine the Republican candidate's campaign.
In addition, the lawmakers said they want information on the "very serious allegations" involving Trump's claim last weekend that Obama ordered a wiretap on him.
But on ABC's This Week, Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey said he believed the President.
The day before Donald Trump was inaugurated as president, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan wanted to tell the incoming White House team that Michael Flynn had been lying about his contacts with Russian Federation.
Earlier Sunday, James Clapper, who was the former administration's director of national intelligence, said that he wasn't aware that any such wiretapping took place.
Graham and Whitehouse have both been critical of the Trump team's alleged ties to Russian Federation, and have pledged to run an investigation of their own from their perch on the judiciary committee panel.
Representative Nancy Pelosi said Mr Trump is following the playbook of making something up, having the media report it and then saying everybody is writing about it.
Breitbart, a website formerly run by Trump adviser Stephen Bannon, also published those claims on Friday.
"And if it is (true), this is the greatest overreach and the greatest abuse of power that I think we've ever seen, and a huge attack on democracy itself".
The White House on Sunday called for Congress to investigate whether the Obama Administration abused its investigative powers a year ago and secretly wiretapped the Trump campaign prior to the election.