Donald Trump claimed he has secret intelligence that proves President Barack Obama wiretapped his New York City Trump Tower. In the beginning, 45 said that the source of his information was media reports. Then, he changed his tactic.
In the darkest hours of the morning Saturday, Trump tweeted that President Obama committed a felony by wiretapping him during the presidential campaign.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Although, the current president tweeted this accusation as fact, he has not been able to give any evidence. At first, the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the issue came from that were “reports very troubling” to Trump.
(1/4) Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 5, 2017
Apparently, Spicer was talking about a Breitbart story and other reports, according to the Washington Post:
‘June 2016: FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] request. The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.
‘October: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found — but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons, Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.’
By Monday, the White House was trying to clean up Trump’s mess. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox & Friends that the president got his information from classified intelligence:
‘He’s the president of the United States, he has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not. And that’s the way it should be for presidents.’
The New York Times reported FBI Director James Comey has “asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump’s phones.”
According to the Times, senior American officials said:
‘Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, [senior American officials] said, but the department has not released any such statement. Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Mr. Trump leveled his allegation on Twitter, has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the F.B.I. broke the law.’
Check out this video of Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ interviewing with ABC’s This Week‘s Martha Raddatz about her boss:
— Truth Reigns (@frreigns) March 5, 2017
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