Trump Accuses "Bad", "Sick" Barack Obama of Wiretapping His Trump Tower Phones
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 13, 2017,
Mar 13, 2017, 6:19
There is overwhelming evidence the Obama administration wiretapped President Donald Trump before Trump was sworn in as president, and Democrats are trying to cover that up, conservative talk radio host Mark Levin said Sunday. Comey asked Department of Justice officials on Saturday to issue a statement rejecting Trump's claims that Obama had tapped his phones, arguing that the assertion is false, but the agency has not, the newspaper reported. "Any suggestion otherwise is simply false".
Earlier Saturday morning, Trump posted a series of tweets claiming that Obama in October sidestepped a court ruling to wiretap the then-presidential candidate's phones on a level that was "Nixon/Watergate".
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he had seen no evidence to back Trump's allegations, but was sure the committee would include the matter in its Russian Federation investigation.
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process.
"Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted", Spicer added.
It is alarming for Trump to seek an investigation of the Obama administration on the basis of right-wing agitprop and raw impulse.
"Unfortunately, the public has never seen an actual FISA application over almost 40 years, so we don't know exactly how the FISA Court has applied or interpreted the probable cause standard in this context", Patrick Toomey, an American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney specializing in national security, said in an email.
Ben Rhodes, Obama's former national security adviser, more or less echoed what the former USA official had said.
Trump's administration has come under pressure from Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional investigations into contacts between some members of his campaign team and Russian officials during his campaign. "These are pursued by the Department of Justice in accordance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and signed off by a judge".
The White House did not respond to a request to elaborate on Trump's accusations. "And so if President Trump is making the claim that Barack Obama is pulling some sort of lever in the Oval Office to make this happen, I'm telling you, there's nothing connected to the lever".
"There was no wiretap against Trump Tower during the campaign conducted by any part of the National Intelligence Community", Clapper, America's top spy until January 20, told ABC News' Brian Ross in an interview in Washington, D.C., "none at all.including the FBI".
Mr Trump's allegations are the latest twist in a controversy over whether his campaign had been in contact with Russian Federation during the election.
When pressed about wire-tapping at the daily news briefing, Mr Spicer said the president has "absolutely" no regrets about the explosive claims.
A federal agency can also ask a federal district judge for a warrant to conduct electronic surveillance on USA citizens it believes are committing serious crimes.
The sources provided CNN with slightly different insight into Obama's demeanor than others who told The Wall Street Journal that Obama was "livid".
"President Trump has official immunity from liability and damages", Zipursky confirmed, but it is not clear that judges would view tweeting a defamatory conspiracy theory, without evidence, as a president carrying out his official duties. One Republican lawmaker speaking to BuzzFeed described Trump's tweets as "a big deal that will be forgotten in two weeks if it's not true".