The White House has now asked the US Congress to examine the Obama administration as a part of it's ongoing probe into Russia's influence of the 2016 Presidential election. White House spokesman Sean Sphincter stated today that neither the President nor administration officials would speak about this allegation until Congress has completed its investigation - which means no one in the White House will have to explain 45's accusations. Sphincter said in a statement, "Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling."
An Obama spokesman denied the charge, saying it was "a cardinal rule" that no White House official interfered with independent Justice Department investigations. Under US law, a federal court would have to have found that the target of the surveillance is an "agent of a foreign power" in order to approve a warrant authorizing any electronic surveillance of Trump Tower. Today, on NBC's Meet the Press, former Director of Intelligence James Clapper, who left the office at the end of Obama's term, said, "There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time as a candidate or against his campaign."
This ridiculous plot was first mentioned by radio and TV host Mark Levin, who broadcast that Obama used "police state" tactics to monitor 45's campaign. Then Steve Bannon's Breitbart news jumped on the bandwagon. Now 45 has convinced himself that it's a huge conspiracy....
Author Stephen King had a great Tweet back, in response to the tiny-handed tangerine tyrant: "Obama tapped Trump's phones IN PERSON! Went in wearing a ConEd coverall. Michelle stood guard while O spliced the lines. SAD!" Then he sent out: "Not only did Obama tap Trump's phones, he stole the strawberry ice cream from the mess locker." And, later: "Trump should know OBAMA NEVER LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE! He's in the closet! HE HAS SCISSORS!"
Most people watching this play out agree that 45 is just trying to deflect attention from, and interest in, the investigation into his ties (and his associates connections to, and meetings with) to the Russians - before and during the campaign, and after the election before the inauguration. It's a huge ball of worms that must be carefully untangled!