Claims Obama Tapped his Phones Before Election
"How low has President Obama gone?," asked US
President Donald Trump while making the
In a Twitter rant on Saturday morning, a very
upset US President Donald Trump announced that
his predecessor Barack Obama had "wires tapped"
Trump Tower just before his shocking election
victory. Trump went on to claim that nothing was
found and said ,"This is McCarthyism!"
was referring to a 1950s US Senator Joseph
McCarthy who led a hunt for purported communist
infiltrators in the US government, often
involving unfounded accusations.
"Is it legal?," Trump asked, for a sitting
President to wire tap prior to an election.
Trump called it a" A NEW LOW".
Trump claims a "good lawyer" could make a
case over the fact that President Obama tapped
his phones in October 2016. He expressed
disappointment in Obama for tapping his phones
"during the very sacred election process".
Obama has not yet confirmed whether the
allegation is true or false and is yet to
comment on it.
Trump's administration has come under
pressure from FBI and congressional
investigations into contacts between some
members of his campaign team and Russian
officials during his campaign.
Obama imposed sanctions on Russia and ordered
Russian diplomats to leave the US in December
over the country's involvement in hacking
political groups in the November 8 US
Trump's national security adviser, Michael
Flynn, resigned in February after revelations
that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia
with the Russian ambassador to the United States
before Trump took office.
Flynn had promised Vice President Mike Pence
he had not discussed US sanctions with the
Russians, but transcripts of intercepted
communications, described by US officials,
showed that the subject had come up in
conversations between him and the Russian
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to Congress: Investigate Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’
By Joel B.
Radio host Mark
Levin used his Thursday evening show to
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.
called Obama’s effort “police state” tactics,
and suggested that Obama’s actions, rather than
conspiracy theories about alleged Russian
interference in the presidential election to
help Trump, should be the target of
on sources including the New York Times
and the Washington Post, Levin
described the case against Obama so far, based
on what is already publicly known. The following
is an expanded version of that case, including
events that Levin did not mention specifically
but are important to the overall timeline.
1. June 2016: FISA request.
The Obama administration
files a request
with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
Court (FISA) to monitor communications
involving Donald Trump and several advisers.
The request, uncharacteristically, is
2. July: Russia joke.
Wikileaks releases emails from the
Democratic National Committee that show an
effort to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
from winning the presidential nomination. In
a press conference, Donald Trump refers to
Hillary Clinton’s own missing emails,
joking: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope
you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that
are missing.” That remark becomes the basis
for accusations by Clinton and the media
that Trump invited further hacking.
3. October: Podesta emails.
In October, Wikileaks releases the emails of
Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, rolling
out batches every day until the election,
creating new mini-scandals. The Clinton
campaign blames Trump and the Russians.
4. 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
5. January 2017: Buzzfeed/CNN
releases, and CNN reports,
a supposed intelligence “dossier”
compiled by a foreign former spy. It
purports to show continuous contact between
Russia and the Trump campaign, and says that
the Russians have compromising information
about Trump. None of the allegations can be
verified and some are proven false. Several
media outlets claim that they had been aware
of the dossier for months and that it had
been circulating in Washington.
6. January: Obama expands NSA
Michael Walsh later
and as the New York Times reports,
the outgoing Obama administration “expanded
the power of the National Security Agency to
share globally intercepted personal
communications with the government’s 16
other intelligence agencies before applying
privacy protections.” The new powers, and
reduced protections, could make it easier
for intelligence on private citizens to be
circulated improperly or leaked.
7. January: Times
report. The New
on the eve of Inauguration Day, that several
agencies — the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI), the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National
Security Agency (NSA) and the Treasury
Department are monitoring several associates
of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian
ties. Other news outlets also report the
exisentence of “a multiagency working group
to coordinate investigations across the
government,” though it is unclear how they
found out, since the investigations would
have been secret and involved classified
8. February: Mike Flynn scandal. Reports
emerge that the FBI intercepted a
conversation in 2016 between future National
Security Adviser Michael Flynn — then a
private citizen — and Russian Ambassador
Sergey Kislyak. The intercept supposedly was
part of routine spying on the ambassador,
not monitoring of the Trump campaign. The
FBI transcripts reportedly show the two
discussing Obama’s newly-imposed sanctions
on Russia, though Flynn earlier denied
discussing them. Sally Yates, whom Trump
would later fire as acting Attorney General
for insubordination, is involved in the
investigation. In the end, Flynn resigns
over having misled Vice President Mike Pence
(perhaps inadvertently) about the content of
9. February: Times
claims extensive Russian contacts. The New
“four current and former American officials”
in reporting that the Trump campaign had
“repeated contacts with senior Russian
intelligence officials. The Trump campaign
denies the claims — and the Times admits
that there is “no evidence” of coordination
between the campaign and the Russians. The
White House and some congressional
Republicans begin to raise questions about
illegal intelligence leaks.
10. March: the Washington
Post targets Jeff Sessions.
The Washington Post
that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had
contact twice with the Russian ambassador
during the campaign — once at a Heritage
Foundation event and once at a meeting in
Sessions’s Senate office. The Post
suggests that the two meetings contradict
Sessions’s testimony at his confirmation
hearings that he had no contacts with the
Russians, though in context (not presented
by the Post) it was clear he meant
in his capacity as a campaign surrogate, and
that he was responding to claims in the
“dossier” of ongoing contacts. The New
York Times, in
the story, adds that the Obama White House
“rushed to preserve” intelligence related to
alleged Russian links with the Trump
campaign. By “preserve” it really means
“disseminate”: officials spread evidence
throughout other government agencies “to
leave a clear trail of intelligence for
government investigators” and perhaps the
media as well.
summary: the Obama administration sought, and
eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop
on the Trump campaign; continued monitoring the
Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing
was found; then relaxed the NSA rules to allow
evidence to be shared widely within the
government, virtually ensuring that the
information, including the conversations of
private citizens, would be leaked to the media.
called the effort a “silent coup” by the Obama
administration and demanded that it be
addition, Levin castigated Republicans in
Congress for focusing their attention on Trump
and Attorney General Sessions rather than Obama.
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