On Saturday, President Donald Trump dropped a nuke on his predecessor when he accused Barack Obama of wiretapping his high-rise in New York City, and Obama’s team quickly denied ever doing so.
Further, an Obama spokesman later said that the Obama administration “never” conducted surveillance a U.S. citizen, but there’s a mountain of evidence that says something totally different.
First off, Obama’s statement of denial is so open-ended that it holds absolutely no water and doesn’t even claim that the surveillance never happened. That’s likely because there’s been numerous reports about the tapping and multiple sources have confirmed it, but the real doozie was when the same statement said the administration hadn’t ever surveilled an American.
It did, numerous times.
The YoungCons noted that Fox News correspondent James Rosen and his family had both been followed by the Obama administration along with reporters from the Associated Press. Plus, opposition party members in the Senate also found they had been placed under surveillance using the highly secretive FISA court.
Although the most egregious case was undoubtedly against Rosen, who was called a “co-conspirator” and had his parents spied on as well as his every move tracked by the government.
Is this Soviet Russia?
Check it out, via Fox News:
The seizure was ordered in addition to a court-approved search warrant for Fox News correspondent James Rosen’s personal emails. In the affidavit seeking that warrant, an FBI agent called Rosen a likely criminal “co-conspirator,” citing a wartime law called the Espionage Act.
Rosen was not charged, but his movements and conversations were tracked. A source close to the leak investigation confirmed to Fox News that the government obtained phone records for several numbers that match Fox News numbers out of the Washington bureau.
Further, the source confirmed to Fox News that one number listed matched the number for Rosen’s parents in Staten Island.
To make matters worse, then-Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath to Congress to cover the administration’s actions.
From The Hill:
“In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material — this is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy,” Holder said at the time.
Media reports later found that Holder personally approved a search warrant that labeled Rosen a co-conspirator in a national security leaks case.
Holder never paid a price for his dishonesty. Meanwhile, Democrats and the media have been calling for Jeff Sessions’ head because of testimony that omitted meetings he had while serving in his official capacity as a Senator – meetings set up by the Obama administration.
Regardless, the claim that Americans were never surveilled under Obama’s watch is inaccurate, at best, and at worst it’s yet another bald-faced lie told by the most dishonest administration in history.