During a series of five separate Tweets Saturday, and without providing any evidence, Trump accused Barack Obama of a Watergate-type wiretap and surveillance on his New York offices before the election.
However, some current and former intelligence officials cast doubt on Trump’s assertions.
“It’s highly unlikely there was a wiretap on the president-elect,” one senior intelligence official said, according to a Washington Post report. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official went on to say, “It seems unthinkable. If that were the case by some chance, that means that a federal judge would have found that there was either probably cause that he had committed a crime or was an agent of a foreign power.”
A wiretap cannot be made on a US facility unless there is probably cause that phone lines of the Internet have been used by agents of a foreign power or by someone spying on their behalf.
Trump’s wild accusations were tweeted from Palm Beach – where he is again vacationing this weekend. It has long been a trend to direct false accusations at someone else in an effort to deflect negative attention from ones self – in this case – the negative attention Jess Sessions has been getting over his alleged contacts with Russia and the false information he provided about those communications during his confirmation hearing.
Trump provided no evidence or even a credible news report, but a commentary on the far-right wing radio talk show, suggested that Obama’s Administration used “police state” tactics to monitor Trump’s team last fall. The radio commentary came from Breitbart, an unreliable source once led by Stephen Bannon, who is not Trump’s chief adviser.