President Trump accused the Obama administration of wiretapping him during the 2016 Presidential election, and the accusation generated quite the discussion between detractors and supporters of the President. Concerning the allegations, supporters argued it wasn’t farfetched to believe it because the National Security Agency had once wiretapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone. Still, detractors said it was an outlandish allegation with no substance.
In a recent meeting with Merkel, President Trump even joked about it by saying that he and the chancellor had something in common when it came to being wiretapped by the Obama administration.
Today, FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee that the Justice Department and the FBI had no evidence to back up President Trump’s claim. He explained that an individual cannot authorize the surveillance of a citizen and that the courts can only confirm the surveillance after an extensive application process.
Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, also joined him in debunking the claims. In addition, Rogers also added that the NSA stands behind their January assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 Presidential election in order to ensure Donald Trump’s win.
James Comey also confirmed that the FBI is investigating any Russian interference on the election.
In response to this, President Trump took to twitter to voice his displeasure of the hearing, and he still stands by the claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him.
What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians? Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the FBI in to look?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017