Saturday morning began with a set of four tweets by President Donald Trump accusing Barack Obama harshly of tapping his wire at Trump Tower before the election. Shocking as the claim was, the news agencies rushed into studying the claim and checking the probability and possibility of the act.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
The allegation however has not been supported by any document yet which gave rise to the common belief that it is basically fictitious. Jon Schwarz in an article in The intercept asks for declassification of the reports saying “Presidents have the power to declassify anything at any time, so Trump could immediately make public any government records of such surveillance.”
Trump’s allegations however could find some roots when a closer look is cast at the reports by BBC and Breitbart. According to these reports, a warrant was issued due to finding the traces of some links between a server in Trump Tower and a Russian bank. This counterintelligence was reported by various news agencies after the election recurrently, by never confirmed. Besides, the so-called server of the Trump Tower was physically located in Philadelphia.
That means that no wiretapping was directly done upon the Trump Tower. Moreover, even if the FISA warrant that was issued on 15th of November was final granted by court, no political act could be done on the result.
Barack Obama’s Spokesman rejected the allegations in twitter saying “neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen.” Trump critics also believe that his avoidance in giving the detail of the case is indicative of a potential Russian scandal in 2016 election. The clear fact is that, as a president, Donald Trump can’t only shoot some claims on the air and use it as a means to shift the tide of wages against him to other sides.
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