Trump Asks Congress to Investigate Obama Over Wiretapping
by Stephen Lendman
On Sunday, his press secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement, saying reports “concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling.”
“President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.”
He added neither the White House or Trump will comment further “until such oversight is conducted.
A previous article discussed two reported FISA court requests by the Obama administration last year to monitor Trump’s electronic communications - the first in June denied, the second more narrowly drawn, approved in October.
Obama’s spokesman lied, saying “(n)either President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen.”
Pervasive spying occurred on his watch - targeting foreign leaders, political enemies, whistleblowers exposing government wrongdoing, ordinary Americans, and Trump if hard evidence proves it.
FISA and other courts require probable cause to issue wiretapping authorization. None revealed so far justifies monitoring Trump’s communications - no apparent probable cause related to criminal wrongdoing, Russia or for any other reason.
Using executive authority against political opponents is abuse of power. If an inquiry reveals Trump’s claim about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower is accurate, potentially he could face charges in a court of law.
On Sunday, deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump is determined to get to the bottom of what happened, adding:
“…I think he’s going off of information that he’s seen that has led him to believe that this is a very real potential.”
“And if it is, this is the greatest overreach and the greatest abuse of power that I think we have ever seen and a huge attack on democracy itself. And the American people have a right to know if this took place.”
If Trump already has hard evidence, he should reveal it. His serious accusation requires proof to show it’s valid.
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