Last week, President Donald Trump shocked no one with unfounded allegations of wiretapping during his campaign. After all, paranoia and baseless accusations are what we have come to expect from the current administration.
In another not-so-surprising turn of events, Congress has has started to investigate the matter and has found no evidence so far.
Here’s the Tweet that started it all:
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer danced around the issue expertly, saying:
“It’s not a question of new proof or less proof or whatever.”
He added that the goal of the President’s accusations was to inspire Congress to investigate and find the proof of wiretapping. Yes, the very same proof that Trump claims to already have, but will not show us.
Since Trump originally tweeted his allegations, it’s come to light that his source was radio news host Mark Levin via Breitbart News. This is also not terribly surprising, considering his many references to notoriously right wing news sources.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration continues to insist that Trump’s claims are baseless. It certainly is difficult to imagine a sitting President being allowed to spy on a candidate from the opposing party, and such a claim would require extensive proof.
You'll asked for proof, here's Obama listening to Alex Jones explain to Donald Trump how the CIA used Bigfoot to cover up 9/11. Period pic.twitter.com/BbVUhaWCgs
— Sean Spicer Facts (@SeanSpicerFacts) March 6, 2017
Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for former President Obama, said this about the accusations:
“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. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
Although most people involved agree that there is no merit to the wiretapping accusations, some are questioning the careful wording of the response. Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau recently suggested that there may be more to this story.
He shared his thoughts on the subject in this Tweet:
I'd be careful about reporting that Obama said there was no wiretapping. Statement just said that neither he nor the WH ordered it.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) March 4, 2017
Perhaps there’s a real plot twist on the horizon after all. Or maybe this story is exactly what it looks like – another one of Trump’s paranoid schemes to distract the public from what’s really going on. Stay tuned to find out.
Check out John Oliver’s complete destruction of Trump’s tweet:
Featured Image: screenshot Via Twitter.