Following President Trump’s claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped the phones in Trump Tower prior to the November election, the President’s top legal advisers are reportedly scrambling to conjure up evidence to support his assertion.
As the New York Times reports, while Trump was at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, his legal staff was trying to gain access to a court order that very well may not exist at all.
Trump’s angry string of tweets where he accused Obama of wiretapping has caused quite a stir in Washington. Many believe that Trump may be getting his information from right-wing sources — like one that he has cited many times over and that his cabinet has ties to, Breitbart. Both Brietbart and InfoWars ran stories about Obama eavesdropping on the now-President.
On the other hand, others have suggested that Trump could’ve been under surveillance through an order from a FISA court. As lawmakers, including Lindsey Graham and Ted Lieu, have publicly stated, if tis is true, it would mean that there was probable cause to investigate Trump’s involvement in some serious crime.
As the Times explains, however, even if an order does exist, it would be a substantial breach of the DOJ’s independence for the White House to assert that it turn over documents relating to an active investigation into itself.
“Any request for information from a top White House official about a continuing investigation would be a stunning departure from protocols intended to insulate the F.B.I. from political pressure. It would be even more surprising for the White House to seek information about a case directly involving the president or his advisers, as does the case involving the Russia contacts.”
This, of course, would not be the first time that the President has broken with precedent and ignored existing protocol.