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President Trump Accuses President Obama of Wiretapping Phones at Trump Tower

President Trump has accused his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, of wiretapping his telephones at Trump Tower the month before the election, with seemingly no evidence. President Trump took to Twitter to levy these allegations, tweeting, "How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!" A representative for President Obama has stated that any such suggestions are false.

President Trump has offered no evidence to back these accusations, leading some to speculate that the allegations are based on briefings from intelligence or other law enforcement agencies. A senior White House official stated that the president's chief counsel was trying to gain access to what he believed to be an order issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorizing the alleged wiretaps.

James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I., has since asked the Justice Department to publicly reject President Trump's claim, as it falsely suggests that the F.B.I. acted illegally.  In order to approve a warrant authorizing wiretapping of phones at Trump Tower, a federal court would have to have found probable cause that President Trump was or is an "agent of foreign power."

Were a wiretapping order to exist with probable cause to support it, it would add fuel to an already growing fire of allegations against President Trump. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose meetings held with Russia's ambassador while serving as a Trump campaign advisor. Sessions has since recused himself from the Justice Department's investigation into alleged Russian tampering in the 2016 presidential election. And, just last month, President Trump fired national security advisor Michael Flynn after Flynn's discussions of U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador came to light.

 

 

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