Former President Barack Obama responded to President Trump’s accusations that Obama wiretapped his phones at his Trump Tower campaign headquarters.
Speaking through a spokesperson, the former President categorically denied the allegations, saying “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.”
“As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen,” Kevin Lewis, the spokesperson, added. “Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
— ABC News (@ABC) March 4, 2017
On Saturday, in a series of tweets, Trump accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower before Election day, offering no evidence for his shocking allegations. “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump tweeted as part of his tweetstorm, calling the former President a “Bad (or sick) guy!”
Trump’s latest accusations come in the wake of calling for investigations into the Senate and House minority leaders for their ties to Russia based on photos of each of them at official events involving Russian presidents and the Russian ambassador to the U.S. The President likely was making the statements tongue in cheek in order to mock attempts to investigate his administration.
So far, Republicans have worked hard to keep all Congressional investigations limited to the intelligence committees within each chamber, a move that would assure that much of the evidence gathered would be labeled classified and out of public view.
However, the virtually daily revelations of additional contacts between members of Trump’s team and Russian officials, and Trump’s aggressive defiance of any investigation, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Republicans to hold the line.
Additionally, in a display of incompetence both as a political and business leader, the President has failed to centralize messaging from the White House causing multiple sources of inconsistent messages from his administration.
The continuous spiraling of the matter seemingly out of control is only going to increase calls for an independent investigation which is unlikely to bode well for the administration.