The Rushmore Report: Did Trump Make Up Wiretap Claim?


Last week, President Trump claimed that former President Obama had wiretapped his offices at Trump Tower. Predictably, the mainstream media has exploded over what they see as completely unfounded accusations. What they aren’t telling you is that there is more evidence for the wiretap claim than their own story of Trump colluding with Russia to affect to 2016 election.

I watch all the Sunday news shows: Meet the Press, This Week with George Staphanopoulos, Face the Nation, Inside Politics, and Fox News Sunday. It’s the cross I bear. Each show blasted Trump for his allegations, void of evidence and outrageous in content. Here’s what they missed . . .

There is more evidence that Obama wiretapped Trump’s office than that Trump colluded with Russia.

Let’s take that last part first. For five months – yes, five months – we have been hearing that Trump’s cozy relationship with President Putin and Russian leaders led him to a full collusion with Russia to fix the recent presidential election. Yet, when interviewed on several news shows, James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence under Obama, had to admit they had zero evidence of such collusion. Other Democratic leaders, such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), were forced to agree.

Despite continued media coverage of this fake story, no one has produced a single piece of evidence to support this claim. 

Now, for the wiretap claim. There actually is some evidence that Team Trump has been monitored in an unlawful and secretive way. Here’s the evidence to support his Twitter claim.

1. In January, BBC’s Paul Wood reported that a federal task force within the Obama administration sought a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor three Trump associates. (The request was denied.)

2. Also in January, The Guardian wrote: “We have learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials.”

3. A few days later, The New York Times reported that Obama administration law enforcement was “examining intercepted communications and financial transactions” related to “possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump.”

Does any of this prove the Obama administration conducted illegal surveillance of Mr. Trump? Of course not. But at least there is some evidence to support Trump’s claim – flimsy as it is.

On the other hand, the media’s claim of Trump colluding with Russia has yet to produce a single piece of evidence. Still, they keep repeating the claim – daily. The thinking, I suppose, is that if they repeat the same conjecture enough times, that will make it magically become true.

For eight years, Sean Hannity has said journalism in America is dead. He may have a point.


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