President Trump is right that there was surveillance on Trump Tower right before the presidential election due to intelligence purposes, said former attorney general, Michael Mukasey.
This is a contradiction to what another intelligence staffer, James Clapper, was asserting – that no such thing happened in the Trump Tower. He said that any tapping was not the bidding of former president Barack Obama.
“I think he’s right in that there was surveillance and that it was conducted at the behest of the attorney general – at the Justice Department,” Mukasey said for ABC’s “This Week.”
Fmr Bush AG: Wiretap would mean “there was some basis to believe somebody in Trump Tower may have been acting as an agent of the Russians.” pic.twitter.com/93BtgRWpYq
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) March 5, 2017
Donald Trump accused Obama of wiretapping recently in a series of tweets.
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Barack’s spokesperson rejected any such allegations ordered by Obama’s administration.
“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,” commented Kevin Lewis.
“As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen,” Lewis said. “Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
“It means there was some basis to believe that somebody in Trump Tower may have been acting as an agent of the Russians for whatever purpose,” he added. “Not necessarily the election, but for some purpose.”
However, on “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning, James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, claimed that such a thing did not happen.
“There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time as a candidate or against his campaign,” he said. He added that he would “absolutely” be informed if the FBI sought or received such a warrant or wiretap – so it didn’t happen. “I can deny it,” he remarked.