Discredited: Donald Trump Wiretapping Claims Buried by FBI, NSA: No Evidence

 

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Discredited: Donald Trump Wiretapping Claims Buried by FBI, NSA: No Evidence

British Intelligence Did Not Wiretap President

Donald Trump’s claims that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower were thoroughly discredited by top U.S. intelligence officials. (Photo: Pool/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s broad claims that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the election was thoroughly repudiated by FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers, in an eye-opening Congressional hearing today (Mar. 20).

Trump made the accusation in a series of statements on Twitter and has refused to back down, or retract, the claims.

But Comey and Rogers left no doubt in testimony that absolutely no evidence exists that Obama ordered wiretaps either directly or through Britain’s spy agency.

Comey said directly Obama could not have ordered a tap of Trump. “No individual in the United States can direct electronic surveillance of anyone,” Comey says. “No president could.”

“We do not have any information that supports those tweets,” Comey said.

“I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the DoJ has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the DoJ in all its components,” Comey added.

After a rough week that saw Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuse himself from a Justice Department investigation into Russia’s election interference, Trump out of the blue published the Tweets at the ungodly hour of 3:35 a.m.

For his part, Rogers said it would violate the law for NSA to ask its British counterpart to spy on a U.S. citizen, much less the President of the United States. He said he knew of no such communication in the past nor would one ever be made.

Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox commentator who is known for trafficking in right-wing conspiracy theories, floated the scenario (Mar. 16) after U.S. intelligence agencies and the FBI failed to produce evidence to backup Trump’s assertion.

Napolitano claimed he was told by “three intelligence officials,” all anonymous, that the British GCHQ– the UK’s equivalent of the National Security Agency (NSA)– spied on Trump during the election at Obama’s request.

His unsubstantiated allegations were repeated by both Trump and White House spokesman Sean Spicer.

The hearing is ongoing. Updates will follow.