On March 4, 2017, President Donald Trump sent out an arsenal of tweets accusing Barack Obama of a barrage of political crimes. Trump has alleged that during the 2016 presidential campaign, Obama authorized a wiretapping conspiracy campaign against the candidate.
The presidential tweet read: Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
The president read this information in a Breitbart news article, written on March 3. The previous day, Mark Levin outlined the steps, he believed, the Obama administration took to form a conspiracy against Trump.
Timeline of Obama’s Conspiracy Against Trump – According to Breitbart News
June 2016 – A request was filed with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), by the Obama administration, to audit the communications of Trump and his advisers. Request denied.
July – Emails leaked from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) proved there was a conspiracy to remove Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, as a presidential candidate. Trump also made public comments challenging Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.
October – John Podesta’s emails were released. This leak created a slew of scandals on a smaller scale.
Another request was made by the Obama administration to the FISA court. This request narrowed in on a Trump Tower computer server. There was a suspected conspiracy between the presidential candidate and banks in Russia. Even though there was no evidence, wiretaps were approved for reasons of national security, according to Andrew McCarthy, a writer for the National Review. If this is true, the former administration abused the powers of U.S. federal intelligence agencies. This is according to Breitbart, none of this has been proven.
January 2017 – CNN and Buzzfeed reported that a former foreign spy had put together a file of the communications between the Trump campaign and Russia. Included in the dossier was information that could discredit the current president. Nothing has been verified but some data was discovered to be false.
Also in January, the outgoing administration granted greater power to the National Security Agency (NSA), allowing them to globally share any personal communication intercepted with 16 other government intelligence agencies. This was expected before implementing any privacy protections. This could make it easier to leak data collected. It could also mislead people. Possibly another conspiracy theory to confuse the American people.
Jan. 19 – The day before Trump’s Inauguration, the CIA, FBI, NSA, and the Treasury Department were tracking the communications of members of Trump’s campaign. This monitoring was due to suspected ties between Russia and associates of the president-elect. Reporters from several newspapers stated that there was a multi-agency group that was organizing the investigation throughout the government. Breitbart makes a point to state that it is unknown how the media learned of the classified investigation. More conspiracy theories.
February – The FBI presented evidence from 2016, that proved Michael Flynn, Trump’s choice for National Security Adviser, had regular communication with Sergey Kislyak, a Russian ambassador. This was discovered while intelligence agencies were monitoring Kislyak, not Trump or Flynn. Sanctions Obama imposed on Russia were discussed during these conversations.
The New York Times reported that four former and current U.S. officials revealed that members of Trump’s presidential campaign were in regular contact with Russian intelligence. Admittedly, the newspaper stated there was no evidence to support their claim. However, the report caused members of Congress to question if there were illegal leaks from U.S. intelligence agencies. More conspiracy?
March – Attorney General Jeff Sessions contacted the Russian ambassador twice, during the 2016 presidential campaign, by The Washington Post. The New York Times reported that while Obama was still president, evidence was distributed throughout intelligence and government agencies. The end game was to leave a trail for investigators, a conspiracy claim made by The New York Times.
The Breitbart article, highlighted Levin’s statements on his radio show where he referred to these unfounded incidents as a “silent coup.”
Media and White House Response to the Conspiracy Claim
The Washington Post proclaimed that there is not any evidence to support the claims made by Levin.
The White House demanded that the possible wiretapping be added to the investigation of Russia’s role in the presidential election. Sean Spicer stated: “Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling.”
The members of Trump’s campaign, who were fully aware of the ongoing contact with Russian intelligence, lied about these allegations.
Spokesman for Obama, Kevin Lewis, stated that it was the administration’s “cardinal rule” to not involve themselves in any investigation held or 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.
James R. Clapper Jr., the former national intelligence director, told NBC that there was not any wiretap activity while Trump was campaigning or as president-elect. He assured the network that if there was any such monitoring he would have been aware.
There are news outlets that think Trump knows exactly what he is doing. It is widely believed that he is attempting to misdirect the media and American citizens.
The Conspiracy-Theory President
News agencies have stated that a claim of conspiracy, of this nature, requires proof and clarification for the nation’s citizens.
The Washington Post called Trump the conspiracy-theory candidate because he often made claims that had been proven false or offered no proof at all. He stated that Obama was not born in the U.S., accused the father of Sen. Ted Cruz of taking part in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and stated that Muslims celebrated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. There is also the recent claims that the media is conspiring against the president.
James B. Comey Responds to Conspiracy Theory
FBI director, Comey, has requested that the Department of Justice denounce Trump’s claims that Obama ordered any sort of wiretapping. He asserts that the allegations are false and the record must be set straight. The accusation is not only against the Obama administration but the FBI. The charge infers that the bureau broke the law. Spokespeople for the Department of Justice and the FBI declined to comment on this issue.
Comey has the same information as the Department of Justice. It would be unusual for him to make a public statement, but there is nothing to prevent him from doing so. The justice department has not released a statement.
By Jeanette Smith
Breitbart: Mark Levin to Congress: Investigate Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’ vs. Trump
The Washington Post: Conspiracy theorist in chief?
The New York Times: Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump’s Wiretapping Claim
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