Washington DC: President Donald Trump’s accusation against former President Barack Obama of wiretapping him and the entire Trump Tower seems to have fallen flat. FBI has clearly said there was no truth in the accusation and has asked the Justice Department to clearly convey it to everyone else.
Earlier President Obama’s spokesperson had made it clear that there was no truth in the accusation.
The latest salvo from President Trump had come following criticism of his new appointees in the White House. Earlier, Trump faced a volley of criticism over his anti-immigration stance and his efforts to ban the entry of Muslims in the US.
While he imposed a blanket ban on the entry of people from seven Muslim nations, the increased vetting meant that American nationals for generations were being stopped at airports for their Muslim sounding names. Merely last week, renowned boxer, late Muhammad Ali’s son and wife were stopped at the airport. While the wife of the iconic personality was let go, his son faced questions on his Muslim name and belief.
In the meantime, top FBI officials called Justice Department officials and demanded to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that then-President Obama ordered the wiretapping of then-candidate Trump’s phones. Reports suggest that the FBI Director James Comey was the person who disputed the claim because it falsely suggests that the FBI broke the law.
In a series of tweets, President Trump accused Obama of tapping his phones. One of his tweets read, “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!”. It must be kept in mind, that like most of his allegations, this too was without any basis. He had nothing to show as evidence.
Following his accusations, his team from White House demanded congressional intelligence committees to investigate the Obama administration’s surveillance activities.
Mark Warner, Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee in response to such demand said, “I thought the president’s comments could no longer surprise me, but boy this one yesterday surprised me…To make that type of claim without any evidence is I think very reckless.”