DEVELOPING: White House Calls For Probe Into Obama Admin Over Wiretapping

White House Calls For Probe Into Obama Admin Over Wiretapping

President Trump made news last week when he accused the Obama administration of wiretapping him during the 2016 presidential campaign. Now, for better or worse, he’s about to put his money where his mouth is.

“Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement on Sunday, according to CBS News. “President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.”

There has been no response by congressional leaders as of Monday morning.

Trump made news last week when he tweeted about the alleged surveillance:

On Saturday, a spokesman for the former president denied the claims.

“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” the Obama spokesman said, according to the New York Post. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen.”

Trump’s accusations were based on a FISA warrant obtained last year by the FBI. The New York Times reported that the warrant was issued in response to what was called a “mysterious back channel” between computers from Russia’s Alfa Bank and servers at Trump Tower.

The BBC said that the first warrant was rejected outright, but that a judged approved a second FISA warrant to investigate the link. After an investigation, the FBI found no evidence that the link had anything to do with ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

It was unclear from reports whether these warrants would have allowed wiretapping on Trump’s campaign.

However, in a Sunday appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Mark Levin — the conservative radio host whose Thursday program was allegedly the impetus behind Trump’s decision to tweet about the wiretapping — laid out why he believed the president was under electronic surveillance by officials within the Obama administration:

Democrats sought to claim that the presence of a wiretap would indicate that the Trump administration was in deeper trouble over Russia than it had previously let on:

However, the investigation that the warrants were issued in reference to had been revealed by the time President Trump took office and had yielded no evidence that the president’s campaign acted in concert with the Russian government.

Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped could either be a poorly worded allusion to the intercept of electronic communications under the FISA warrant, or it could be a sign that he believes he knows something the American people don’t. If it’s the latter case, we need the president to be forthcoming with the evidence that he has as opposed to simply making statements on Twitter.

On the other hand, though, we need to know whether there was a political motivation behind this investigation, particularly since it yielded no fruit and seems to have become part of the grist mill of the Democrats’ incessant cries that the president is a Russian patsy.

If the Democrats are so keen on an investigation, let’s see them call for an investigation on their own party’s activities, as well. What do you think the odds are on that?

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H/T The Daily Caller