By Dani Graham
In true Trump fashion, he has begun one of his most bizarre conspiracy theories to date. Although it is hard to imagine any will ever beat the one in which he claimed Senator Ted Cruz’s father may have been involved with the assassination of JFK. However, this one comes pretty darn close.
In a myriad of tweets which began in the early morning hours on Friday, President Trump began accusing former President Obama of wiretapping his phones at the Trump Tower.
The Trump Towers is where Mr. Trump, his wife Melania and their son Baron all call home. Melania and Baron are still residing there as he completes his academic school year. In addition, the Trump Tower served as Trump’s campaign headquarters throughout his presidential run. It is during this time Trump claims President Obama tapped his phones
Mind you, there isn’t a shred of evidence he has brought to bear that could potentially back up these preposterous allegations.
These tweets emerged after the release of a story by Breitbart News which was previously run by Trump’s White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Breitbart, which has a credibility rating of 19%, in recent years has become more like the National Enquirer, a supermarket tabloid as well as another one of Trump’s “go to” sources of information, rather than a credible news source. The hypocrisy coming from Trump is astounding given that these are the sources he turns to and accredits. All while screaming “fake news” to any story he deems unfavorable as well as claiming how “unfair” it is for the mainstream media to use unnamed sources of which he never seems to be able to provide himself.
Obama’s spokesperson, Kevin Lewis, released this statement:
“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official every 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 otherwise is simply false.”
It seems a bit suspicious that Trump would tweet out such outlandish claims in the midst of increased scrutiny he and his administration have come under for their alleged connections and communications with Russian officials. The evidence is mounting after news broke that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had two meetings with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, during the presidential campaign of which contradicts the testimony he gave during his confirmation hearing. It bodes well for the administration if an even more scandalous story surfaces in order to shift attention.
Despite the fact that Trump’s tweet attack on the former President and his administration are baseless and seemingly inaccurate is there any truth to the possibility that the Trump Tower was wiretapped by another entity? There has been some reporting although loose and unsubstantiated thus far that the FBI applied for a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Service Act) warrant twice. According to these reports, the first request was denied while the second was approved due to suspicion of a server in the Trump Tower had been communicating with a Russian bank.
To be clear, if this is, in fact, true there would have to have been sufficient evidence for a judge to find “probable cause” to grant such a warrant.
This isn’t the first time Trump has shown such reckless behavior. Not only has he been able to get away with making these types of unhinged accusations in the past but the reality is he, in fact, has been rewarded for it. This is evident by the reality that he is now the President of the United States of America. It is high time that anyone running for President should be required to go through and pass an intense psychological examination. It’s unfortunate this kind of policy wasn’t in place before the 2016 election.