President Trump Calls to Investigate Obama of Wiretapping Him; FBI Director Rejects the Request
In the latest attack to Obama and his administration, President Trump accused him of wiretapping in October 2016 just before the presidential election. In respond to his accusation, FBI Director James Comey asked Department of Justice to reject the request.
The president accusation was launched through his twitter account on the weekend. President Trump made three tweets accusing Obama was wiretapping him prior to the presidential election. Subsequently, Comey requested the Department of Justice to reject President Trump’s insinuation of wiretapping, New York Times reported.
Comey was the same FBI director who requested Apple to install back door in its iPhone to allow government’s surveillance in January last year. The FBI also contacted other technology companies with the same request. Apple denied the request and many from the intelligence communities also backed Apple’s decision.
Following president’s tweet, Democrats lawmakers criticized the accusation, CNN reported. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said that President Trump’s accusation is a tool used by authoritarian to always talk about what they want to.
On the other hand, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. David Nunes (R-Calif) said that his committee would look into the wiretapping issue. He said that the panel’s investigation on the Russia’s interference in the U.S. election would also searched for the fact whether the federal government wiretapped the campaign officials.
In the intelligence community, many denied the accusation from President Trump. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper doubted the FBI or other intelligence agencies wiretapped Trump, who was a presidential candidate. Clapper said on Sunday that as the head of DNI he was sure, “There was no wiretap activity mounted against the President-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign."
Watch the report from FOX below about the question whether President Trump was wrong in his accusation on Obama of wiretapping him: