Trump Claims ‘Sick Guy’ Obama Wiretapped His Phones

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President Barack Obama in 2015

President Trump recently accused predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping his private communications before the election. On Sunday, the White House called the “potentially politically motivated” probe by the former administration “very troubling” and called for a congressional investigation. And all these without the president producing any evidence.

White House speaker Sean Spicer unveiled that the president asked congressional members in charge of the Russia probe to extend the investigation to determine whether the Obama administration abused its executive powers ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted,

Spicer said.

In the meantime, FBI Director James Comey reportedly advised the Department of Justice to “publicly reject” the president’s claims that the former administration wiretapped his phones in the Trump Tower. According to a New York Times report, the FBI director considers Trump’s allegations “false” and in need of a correction. The Times cited unnamed senior U.S. officials as sources.

In the early hours of Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to assert Obama administration had wiretapped him prior to the November election. Trump, however, failed to back up his claims. A former Obama officials dismissed the allegations as “simply false”.

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!,

Trump tweeted on Saturday from his Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The president described Obama’s alleged order to wiretap him as a “NEW LOW”. He also said that a court had turned Obama down earlier but he insisted on spying on him. Trump added that only a “bad (or sick) guy!” could do that.

The White House couldn’t tell the source from whom the president got his information, but one person familiar with the matter said the nation’s chief executive was outraged over a report published in the right-leaning news site Breitbart.

According to the piece, Obama administration allegedly engaged in “police state tactics” in their efforts to undermine Trump’s campaign and administration. According to the Washington Post, somebody had presented the article to the president ahead of his explosive tweets. It is worth noting that the presidential chief strategist is a former employee of Breitbart.

On the other hand, if the president got his information from an intelligence report instead of a media report, he could have declassified it and provide the public with substantiated claims.

On Sunday, Trump fanned the conspiracy with another mysterious, early-morning tweet.

Who was it that secretly said to Russian President, ‘Tell Vladimir that after the election I’ll have more flexibility?’

he tweeted, adding his source: “foxandfriends”.

This latest tweet was a veiled reference to a discussion between Obama and fomer Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev on March 12, 2012, when a hot mic showed Obama promising to be more “flexible” about the two countries’ missile defense relations after the 2012 election.
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