Trump Tower Wiretapped by Obama?
by Stephen Lendman
According to Trump, Obama wiretapped Trump tower pre-election, tweeting:
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
“Is it legal for a sitting President to be -‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”
“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!”
“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
It’s a serious charge if supported by credible evidence. The White House didn’t elaborate on Trump’s accusations.
Obama’s spokesman denied them. He lied, saying “(n)either President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen.” Edward Snowden’s revelations proved otherwise.
Wiretapping is illegal unless court authorized - based on credible probable cause to believe communications in question are part of criminal activities.
If not, targeted individuals can sue the perpetrator on Fourth Amendment grounds - prohibiting unjustifiable searches and seizures, unlawful invasion of privacy, and/or theft of information. The amendment states:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
According to HeatStreet.com, an Obama administration Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) court request to monitor communications by Trump and his advisors was denied last June.
A second request drawn more narrowly was approved in October, permitting the monitoring of Trump’s electronic communications, focusing on a Trump Tower server, alleging his possible links to Russian banks. If true, the action was legal. If gotten on spurious grounds, it’s raises serious questions.
Wiretapping Trump was likely done to benefit Hillary and leak information about him to the media.
Investigating possible unlawful or improper Trump ties to Russia, the FBI said it found nothing so far.
Witch-hunt investigations continue to delegitimize and undermine him, no other reasons.
Lots more on this needs to come out. Trump needs to get to the bottom of it and fight back. Given relentless attacks on his legitimacy, his best defense is a good offense.
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