Thursday , August 17 2017

Former US intelligence chief rejects Trump’s wiretap accusation

Donald Trump made an accusation about his predecessor Obama that, the Obama Administration wiretapped his phone during the election process.

President Donald Trump’s accusation was rejected by Former top US intelligence official, the accusation is all about his predecessor Barack Obama,  that the Obama Administration wiretapped his presidential campaign, creating stand-off between the white house and US top law enforcement.

Federal Bureau Investigation Director James Comey had asked the Justice Department this weekend to reject the president wiretapping accusation because it was false but the department had not done so. He cited no evidence to back the accusations.

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The White House asked Congress, controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans, to inspect whether the Obama government abused its investigative authority during the 2016 US presidential campaign, as part of an ongoing congressional investigation into Russia’s influence on the election.

President in a series of tweets on Saturday wrote, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

James Clapper, Former Director of National Intelligence, who left his post at the end of Obama’s term in office in January, said: “There was no such wiretap activity mounted against Donald Trump at the election time, or as a candidate or against his campaign.”

Under the UnitedStates law, a federal court would have to found a possible cause that the target of the observation is an “agent of a foreign power” in order to accept a warrant authorising electronic surveillance of Trump Tower.

Asked whether there was such a court order, Clapper said, “I can deny it.”

Sean Spicer, White House spokesman said the president and government officials would have no further comment on the issue until Congress has completed its investigation, potentially heading off attempts to get Trump to explain his allegations.

“Reports regarding potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very concerning,” Spicer said in a statement.

United States Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican head of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee examining possible links between Russia and Trump’s campaign, said in a statement that any possible scrutiny on campaign officials would be part of the investigation.

Trump made the wiretapping accusation in a series of early morning tweets on Saturday amid increasing scrutiny of his campaign’s links to Russia. An Obama spokesman denied the charge, saying it was “a cardinal rule” that no White House official interfered with independent Justice Department investigations.

The White House offered no proof on Sunday to back up Trump’s accusation and did not say it was true.

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