O'BUMMER WIRE TAPPED TRUMP TOWER! HAD TO FIND THEM WALDO RUSSKIES IN TRUMP'S APARTMENT!
The Obama administration has strongly denied President Donald Trump's claims that wire-tapped his phones at Trump Tower before the election.
Obama's spokesman Kevin Lewis released a statement Saturday afternoon refuting Trump's wire-tapping claims.
'A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,' Lewis wrote. Yeah, sure, what about Bill Clinton meeting with Loretta Lynch on a airport tarmac?
'As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.'
However, the statement did not deny that another federal agency may have sought authorization to listen in on Trump Towers and received it.
Lewis' statement comes shortly after Trump fired off a flurry of tweets early Saturday morning claiming that the former president had been spying on him in October, a month before his election victory.
'Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!' the president wrote on Twitter.
McCarthyism, which the president used in his first tweet, is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence.
Trump started tweeting shortly after 3.30am ET and posed the question: 'Is it legal for a sitting President to be 'wire tapping' a race for president prior to an election?'
In another tweet Trump said it was a 'new low' for the former president, compared it to 'Nixon/Watergate' and called Obama a 'bad (or sick) guy'.
Ben Rhodes, the former policy advisor for Obama, blasted Trump's accusations on Twitter: 'No President can order a wiretap. If you believe Ben, I have an oil well in the Ohio Rver I will sell you. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you.'
Rhodes shot back at another Trump tweet saying: 'Dear Pundits who lauded his speech. Is it still 'presidential' to call your dignified predecessor 'Bad (or sick) guy!'
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox also slammed Trump following his Twitter tirade.
'A 'so-called' President is calling a real President and true leader: bad and sick guy. What a shame, America you need to do something now!' Fox tweeted.
'@realDonaldTrump is more aware of what happens in reality TV than his own country. He's a very bad apprentice of politics!' he added in reference to Trump's Celebrity Apprentice show.
Trump also linked Obama to Attorney General Jeff Sessions's meetings last year with Russia's US ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
'The first meeting Jeff Sessions had with the Russian Amb was set up by the Obama Administration under education program for 100 Ambs,' he tweeted.
Trump's team has sought to push back over its connections to Russian officials by pointing out instances of Democrats meeting with Kislyak.
But a former senior intelligence official told The Washington Post that 'it's highly unlikely there was a wiretap'.
'It seems unthinkable. If that were the case by some chance, that means that a federal judge would have found that there was either probable cause that he had committed a crime or was an agent of a foreign power,' the official said.
According to the official, a wiretap cannot be directed at a US facility, without finding probable cause that the phone lines or internet addresses were being used by agents of a foreign power.
'You can't just go around and tap buildings,' the official told the Post.
Another former senior US official, who worked under the Obama administration, said there was no such investigation of Trump, nor were his phones tapped.
'This did not happen. It is false. Wrong,' the former official said.
The official echoed that of others saying Obama could not have ordered this and adding that it would have been taken to a judge by investigators, but investigators never did that.
The president, who is currently vacationing at his private Mar-a-Lago estate, did not provide any additional evidence to back up his claims.
Trump's claims seem to have stemmed from a Thursday evening radio show hosted by Mark Levin that claimed Obama executed a 'silent coup' of Trump via 'police state' tactics, according to far-right Breitbart News.
Through a timeline, Levin suggested the former president should be the target of congressional investigation.
During the summer last year, the Obama administration filed a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Trump and several advisers but the request was denied, according to Heat Street former editor, Louise Mensch.
Just a day before the 2016 election, Mensch reported that 'sources with links to the counter-intelligence community' confirmed that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) had granted a FISA court warrant in October to monitor activities in Trump tower.
On Wednesday, a New York Times report said White House officials took efforts in the closing days of the Obama administration to analyze and spread information about Russian election interference, driven by a concern that the material might get buried by Trump.
Intelligence agencies rushed to analyze raw intelligence material about Russia connections, going over months-old material as the extent and possible motives of what the agencies say is Russian election hacking emerged.
Officials made efforts to ask specific questions at intelligence briefings as a way to get the information into the record and be archived for examination later.
In January, American law enforcement and intelligence agencies examined intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of Trump, according to the Times.
The FBI led the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, and the Treasury Department's financial crimes unit.