Donald Trump Accuses Obama of Wiretapping Trump Tower

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Likely Basis for Trump’s Allegations

Today, Donald Trump accused former President Barak Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the 2016 election campaign. Trump made these allegations despite no evidence of briefings from the intelligence community or law enforcement officials to support the claim. It is more likely, as many speculate now, that Donald Trump is not basing his tweets on classified information, but rather he is basing it on conservative talk radio’s Mark Levin’s comments and a news article run by Breitbart News article summarizing Mark Levin’s comments and opinions.

The Breitbart article claimed that there were “known steps taken by President Barack Obama’s administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and later, his new administration.”  Breitbart News published the article Friday, less than 24 hours before Donald Trump tweeted similar allegations.

Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for Obama, also issued a statement Saturday:

“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. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

Responses to Donald Trump’s Tweet

Ben Rhodes is a former top national security aid to Obama.  He directed the following tweet at Donald Trump:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted:

Both former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and U.S. Representative Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, while not ceding the truth to Trump’s tweet, did point out the legal hurdles one faces to even acquire a wiretap:

Officials at the FBI and the Justice Department declined to comment.

What now?

Will Donald Trump be able to provide proof to support such serious allegations against Obama. Is this more of the same from Trump: creating controversies to distract the American people’s attention from all the negative press his administration has received in the last week? If it is the latter, did the President of the United States just blatantly lie to the American people … again?

 

Laura Bilotta
Laura Bilotta

NYU Law Grad. Public Defender in NJ for 10 years and counting. Vegan for 3 years and counting. Runner and cyclist in spare time.

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