President Donald Trump recently accused former President Barack Obama’s administration of wiretapping his home during the 2016 presidential election, and a strong Trump ally recently commented on the scandal.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appeared on Fox News on Sunday to discuss the president’s serious allegations, and he strongly supported the idea that Obama at the very least knew about the unlawful surveillance on Trump’s presidential campaign.
“It’s very unlikely the FBI happened to go in October to ask for a wiretap and got it from the (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court with nobody in the Obama White House knowing they were doing it,” Gingrich said.
Furthermore, he noted, Obama’s response to the scandal simply said the Obama White House did not “order” the wiretapping, but it did not say whether or not his administration knew about it or even approved it.
Gingrich pointed to Andy McCarthy — a former federal prosecutor — who recently wrote a detailed article about the government’s surveillance on Trump campaign associates and why it was unlikely that Obama didn’t know about it.
McCarthy, writing for the National Review, argued:
(T)he issue is not whether Obama or some member of his White House staff “ordered” surveillance of Trump and his associates. The issues are (a) whether the Obama Justice Department sought such surveillance authorization from the FISA court, and (b) whether, if the Justice Department did that, the White House was aware of or complicit in the decision to do so.
Personally, given the explosive and controversial nature of the surveillance request we are talking about – an application to wiretap the presidential candidate of the opposition party, and some of his associates, during the heat of the presidential campaign, based on the allegation that the candidate and his associates were acting as Russian agents – it seems to me that there is less than zero chance that could have happened without consultation between the Justice Department and the White House.
“All this stuff smells to high heaven, despite the best efforts of the elite media to cover it up,” he said.
It certainly does — and it’s certainly worth our lawmakers looking into to determine whether or not there was foul play by the Obama administration.
Watch Gingrich’s comments here:
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