President Trump Accuses Obama Of Wiretapping Him At Trump Tower During The Election
On Saturday morning, President Donald J. Trump went on a Twitter tirade that accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping him at Trump Tower during the election.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
“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!”
“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!”
“How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
President Trump did not provide evidence of the damning allegations, but he does consume news from conservative outlets. On Friday, Breitbart posted an article about conservative talk radio host Mark Levin outlining efforts taken by then-President Obama’s administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Levin claimed that Obama used a “silent coup” of Trump via “police state” tactics. White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon was a founding member of the board and executive chair of Breitbart News before he jumped onboard the Trump Train.
This isn’t the first time that accusations of Obama’s administration spied on Trump. On November 7, Heat Street posted an article that cited “two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia.”
The sources confirmed that a court granted a FISA court warrant in October to monitor activities in Trump Tower. In January, The Guardian reported that the FBI applied for a FISA warrant in the summer of 2016, but were denied.
On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that during the last days of the Obama administration “White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government.”
This could be a tactic by President Trump to force the press to cover these stories, which would seem to have already worked, or it could be a diversion for the continuing accusations that Trump’s administration had contact with Russian officials during the election.
Trump also went on the offensive against Obama for having Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the White House 22 times during his presidency. Kislyak is the Russian ambassador that met Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions when he was a Senator from Alabama.
The day earlier, President Trump tweeted out a 2003 photo of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) eating Krispy Kreme donuts with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which was to address the accusations that members of Trump’s administration have been linked to Russia.
Also on the President’s mind was Arnold Schwarzenegger leaving “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Arnold had this rebuttal.
Can’t say that President Trump doesn’t keep things interesting.