Barack Obama, Big Government, Donald Trump, Issues, The White House

Obama denies tapping Trump’s phone. Obama’s lied about that before.

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Photo: White House (Public Domain)

Photo: White House (Public Domain)

Barack Obama vehemently denies ordering the wiretapping of phones in Trump Tower. But Obama also vehemently denied wiretapping the phones of German leader Angela Merkel in 2010:

The president allegedly allowed US intelligence to listen to calls from the German Chancellor’s mobile phone after he was briefed on the operation by Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency (NSA), in 2010.

The latest claim, reported in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, followed reports in Der Spiegel that the surveillance of Mrs Merkel’s phone began as long ago as 2002, when she was still the opposition leader, three years before being elected Chancellor. That monitoring only ended in the weeks before Mr Obama visited Berlin in June [2013], the magazine added.

At the time, the White House declined to comment on the bombshell report.

Obama was lying then. Is he lying now?

To be clear, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 grants the president the power, through the attorney general, to spy on a “foreign power or agent of a foreign power.” However, according to the Justice Department, the president cannot conduct surveillance on “communication to which a U.S. person is a party” without presenting an affidavit establishing probable cause that the person in question is an agent of a foreign power.

There were public reports of a FISA request in October. However, Fran Townsend, former national security adviser to George W. Bush, said this week on “CBS This Morning” that she doubts the request concerned Trump himself:

“I feel confident it’s not of President Trump, but could it have been of one of his associates?” Townsend said. “We’ve heard wide reports of contacts between Paul Manafort, Mike Flynn, Carter Page and others. So could it have been one of the associates around him who also during the transition was working in Trump Tower? That’s possible.”

Townsend further explained that if the request was granted in October it would have expired in January — but it could be ongoing:

“That only would have been good for 90 days. So let’s look at the timeline here. If that was granted in October, it would have expired sometime in January, either before or after the inauguration. And if it was an ongoing counterintelligence investigation, that wire if reauthorized is still up right now,” Townsend said.

She added, “I would not be surprised if the Justice Department does not want to get into this publicly, especially if this is ongoing.”

Trump’s allegation calls for an independent investigation, and soon.

  • John b

    obamma is a muslim terrorist – lock him up

  • Dexter L. Wilson

    Thank God for Hannity, Sarah Carter and John Solomon, 2 investigative reporters have come up with evidence for a separate wire tap warrant against Trump outside of Trump Tower and the FISA Warrant from October for inside the Tower. We shall see what we shall see. But even if Obama did not order them he probably knew about them.

  • Paul Holland

    A Muslim is allowed to lie if it is for the benefit of promoting Islam. That is one difference between a Muslim and a Christian. Christians are instructed to not lie no matter what. Truth will set one free, as Jesus is the way, truth and life.

    • ARJAY

      Amen, Paul, AMEN!!!!!!!!

  • Ahmed F. Hosny

    Of course he didn’t order wiretapping……… He ordered wireless-tapping. NSA is a Master at it.

  • BITEMEHARDLEFT

    OBAMA LIES ABOUT EVERYTHING. PEOPLE WITH A WORKING BRAIN DO NOT BELIEVE A WORD HE SAYS. HE IS THE SLIMEST SNAKE IN THE SWAMP. SOMEONE NEEDS TO PUT HIM OUT OF OUR MISSERY.

  • SANDHILLFARMER

    This is all smoke & mirrors to keep the real American people from realizing the road we are being taken down with trump-care. The affordable care act was messed up but, the new version will leave a lot more of the presidents supporters without affordable health care (Including a mess with Medicare), while giving tax breaks to insurance companies and drug companies. Please do some fact checking on this!

    • Allen

      Ahhh the troll is back. With all his delusions. Why would you ask for fact checking when you don’t ever use a single fact you delusional troll.

      Trumpcare is a disaster in relation to an effective health care system but it’s 100% better than Barack Obama’s titanic disaster.

  • Knowitall

    What do you want he is a Lawyer and his lips are movig so he is lwing like a Persian Rug. No insult to Persians intended.

  • disqus_BAvz0LV7zw

    I am not surprised that Obama lied about wire topping. Of course he will lie. Obama is made up of lies since he was born. We don’t know where he was born. His book of “Dream From My Father” were loaded with lies, Benghazi lies, Obama/Care lies, Fast and Furious lies, Loretta Lynch lies with Bill. You did not build that lies, the police acted stupidly lies, $865 billion stimulus lies. ISIS his JV Team lies, and so many others. It’s all bogus! He will lie and lie, his SOP!.

  • Robert

    Such idiots you think the President controls every thing done in Government. Phone interaction is part of the every day thing for the intelligence community as well as every other intelligence community throughout the world. Every Country is listening to every other country communications, back in the 60s we were flying on the edge of Russian air space picking up all communications. According the rules the CIA can intercept and listen to any communications that are between a foreign Government or agent at any time, so if someone in Trump Towers was talking to a foreign agent the CIA or any other intelligence agency has a right to intercept the calls, wiretapping is such an antiquated term today, because calls intercept are done at the relays, not on the property.
    Ir there was not enough evidence a FICA warrant would not have been issued. Just like when I talk to my friend in Pakistan I will guarantee you I am being monitored. because he is a minor Government employee but he still works for the Government. We talk about friends and family from when I worked with him in the USA intelligence community.
    If Trump or his people were not doing something that sparked the attention of the intelligence community they would never have been involved. What they were doing may not be enough to bring charges but it would still be authorization for monitoring, to see if more evidence can be obtained.
    HAVE A GOOD DAY

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