Obama Slams “False” Trump Accusation, Says “Never Ordered” Wiretapping
Moments ago, Barack Obama through his spokesman Kevin Lewis denied Trump’s accusation that he had ordered the Trump Tower wiretapped, saying neither he nor any member of the Obama White House, “ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
Follows the statement from Kevin Lewis, spokesman to former president Barack Obama
“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.”
— ABC News (@ABC) March 4, 2017
Yet while the carefully-worded statement, an exercise in semantics, claims Obama did not himself, or through members of his White House team, order a potential wiretapping, it does not deny an actual wiretapping of Trump (or Trump Tower), which as some have speculated in the past, did in fact take place after a FISA Court granted surveillance of Trump over accusations of Russian interference. It also does not preclude the FBI – which is the entity that would most likely have implemented such a wiretap – from having given the order.
As a reminder, here is what the Guardian reported in early January:
The Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation.
For the definitive answer, we suggest Trump ask Comey whether or not his building was being tapped in the days prior to the election.