Breitbart: Obama Response to Trump ‘Wiretap’ Claim Raises More Questions

Originally posted at Breitbart by Matthew Boyle.

A number of ex-Obama officials appear to suggest that the Obama administration may have actually wiretapped the Trump campaign, but that if they did it would have been justified by a court and part of an investigation by the Justice Department—not led by or ordered from the White House or the former president himself.

On Saturday, former President Obama’s spokesman Kevin Lewis denied that the former White House or the former President himself would have given such an order to wiretap Trump Tower—or any other type of surveillance in any case—but that such an order would have come from an “independent investigation led by the Department of Justice.”

“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,” Lewis said. “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.”

Lewis’ statement on the former president’s behalf came in response to the explosive charges from President Donald Trump, who tweeted on Saturday morning that the Obama team conducted surveillance on Trump Tower during the campaign and afterward.

Valerie Jarrett, another close Obama aide, also tweeted the statement from former President Obama’s spokesman, Lewis. Jarrett is, according to the U.K. Daily Mail, now living in the Obamas’ multimillion dollar Washington, D.C. mansion. From there, the Daily Mail reports, the former president and Jarrett will be running a “nerve center for their plan to mastermind the insurgency against President Trump.”

Interestingly, however, a number of other former Obama administration officials do not deny that such a wiretap existed. They just deny that the White House or Obama himself would have approved it or ordered it, and say that the Department of Justice would have sought it in consultation with a foreign intelligence surveillance, or FISA, court.

Obama’s former speechwriter Jon Favreau tweeted that he would warn reporters against saying there was no wiretap.

And Favreau endorsed a Twitter feed that laid out the reporting about the existence of the wiretaps, which cited reporting from Louise Mensch, formerly of Heat Street, and The Guardian that the Obama DOJ had sought a FISA court approved surveillance warrant for Trump Tower back in the summer of 2016 that was denied but received a narrower focused warrant in October.

David Axelrod, another former Obama adviser, tweeted that such a wiretap would receive court approval “for a reason.”

In other words, these ex-Obama officials are subtly confirming the accuracy of the reporting—that the Obama administration did in fact conduct surveillance on Trump Tower in October and post-election, and that the administration originally sought a warrant back in the summer of 2016—but they say the president himself and the Obama White House was not involved in the decision.

What’s more, Philip Rucker, the White House bureau chief at the Washington Post, says the same thing as these former Obama officials: That the Obama spokesman’s statement does not deny the existence of wiretaps on Trump Tower, only that Obama himself and the Obama White House did not approve them if they did exist.

The outrage from the media and the Democrats appears to be standard hatred of Trump. The president forced a set of facts into the news cycle that was already previously public but framed in a way that puts his political opponents and the establishment media on the defensive. This appears to be the calculus: either the wiretaps exist, as Trump suggests, and the president will use them to bludgeon the Obama administration and the media for impropriety and overreach; or, there were no wiretaps, which suggests the previous administration had no reason to suspect Trump colluded with a foreign government.

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  • Margrett Fels says:

    March 4, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Hussein is throwing Loretta Lynch under the bus. Valerie Jarrett is the mistress of subterfuge & intrigue. That her footprint is all over this is clear to the casual observer. Barack HUSSEIN Obama is addicted to power and the percs of the White House. He’ll do anything to get back in the Oval Office.

  • Frank says:

    March 4, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Obama didn’t know anything about it until he read it in the newspaper. RIGHT…..a

  • Brenda says:

    March 4, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    The Obama Administration did spy on the FOX Reporter James Rosen, why shouldn’t we believe they did the same to President Trump?!!!

  • Fern Anderson says:

    March 4, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Of course Obama would never be officially tied into the taping.
    But he certainly could have “suggested ” it to certain Depts.
    And protected themselves. Byhey kniw the ropes!

  • Fern Anderson says:

    March 4, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Of course Obama would never be officially tied into the taping.
    But he certainly could have “suggested ” it to certain Depts.
    And protected themselves. By now they know the ropes!

  • Lindy says:

    March 4, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Obama did not need to order the wire tap. He could easily get one of his “soldiers” or cronies
    to do it illegally.

  • Alan says:

    March 4, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    This whole narrative is disingenuous at best. Think about this. You get caught wiretapping a guy that is going to turn your world on its ear, and possibly get you hung for treason at a later date, and the takeaway is this was necessary for our security blah blah fuckin blah. And the best part is, they got or we would have heard what they got first. Now it’s protect obeyme at all costs, oh he would never do that. Wtf do you think we are stupid. Obeyme’s doh stands for dept of jokes. They do what they are told. Time for some serious action taken on behalf of I am the people and I am about to come for your motherfucking necks.

  • Jack says:

    March 5, 2017 at 12:33 am

    The American People are sick of “Rule of Law for Thee, But Not For Me” (Too Big To Prosecute) Criminal Democrats Obama and Hillary

    Under orders from Obama, the Obama DOJ, Intel agencies submitted a FISA court warrant to tap trump’s phones, computers in Trump Tower, then after being rejected, resubmitted their FISA Court request- narrowing down their reasoning of who and what for a tap on Trump, and the Judge granted it (months before the General Election) 

    Now tell me that doesn’t stink of political abuse of govt power for political party purposes.

    If this is the case, and Obama’s DOJ agency and Intel agencies, with direct orders from Obama to attain a false justification of possible criminal activity, and or contact with Russian banks, etc.. to get a FISA court warrant issued wire tap to tap Trump Tower, Trump’s personal computers and phones, and nothing illegal was discovered, but suddenly all the classified official information has been massively leaked, disseminated to media sources to poison President Trump’s administration, then there is a case for political criminal abuse of power against Obama, and the investigation must be pursued, and if need be, arrests, charges, and prosecution against Obama and any identified implicated accomplices.

  • Johnnyembry says:

    March 5, 2017 at 1:31 am

    I fully support President Trump in this matter !

  • SkippingDog says:

    March 5, 2017 at 1:53 am

    If the wiretaps exist, it’s because the FISA court found probable cause to issue the warrant.

  • Tom says:

    March 5, 2017 at 6:45 am

    You can make up whatever “facts” and suspicions you want to convince a judge to sign a warrant. That is why Putin’s daughters were mentioned as well as Manafort, who we already knew had private business dealings with Russia. I think this is more mis-direction and shadow games to keep Trump from dis-mantling the disaster Barry O left this country in. It is just one attack after another against Trump and his cabinet with little to go on except half-truths and the goosestepping media and congressmen that memorize the talking points and stay on their script like good little sheep. It is starting the wear thin and it isn’t Trump that is looking foolish

  • Simon says:

    March 5, 2017 at 6:54 am

    If the obama DOJ had surveillance on Trump campaign. I, as a citizen, view this as espionage that is still continuing at the highest level.

  • Kim says:

    March 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    The Obama Administration are proven liars, nothing new here- You can’t tell one person 0bama didn’t know about this- is is underhanded and has been trying for months to discredit the Trump administration. Their standard answer is, I didn’t do it or I had no idea what was happening!!!- All lies!!!!!! Get the H—- out of Washington and stay out of our Whitehouse, Obama!- You are done, over, you LOST!!!- STOP BEING A SORE LOSER AND THEN LIEING ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE AND ARE DOING!☆ DEMOCRATES take responsibility for NOTHING!!!!!°

  • Looneytoonsindville says:

    March 5, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Do you suppose it was intel from FISA the caused Chief Justice Roberts to change his view on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

    • Alice says:

      March 11, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Yes, I’ve always thought they found dirt on him, not suggesting it was illegal but something to embarrass him and his family. No other reason for Roberts last minute 180 make sense.

  • Lgbpop says:

    March 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    So much for direct answers from members of the former “most transparent administration in history.” These clowns are better dancers than Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

  • Lgbpop says:

    March 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    By the way, there’s something AWFULLY hinky about the relationship between Valerie Jarrett and the Obamas. How many single women move into a private residence with a married couple? Does he have two more wives about whom we are unaware?

  • Sandy says:

    March 5, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    No doubt Trump is the victim here, with the dems, past president and his sidekick Jarrette and the media using Russia to basically destroy him. Now Trump wants a Full unbiased investigation….CHECKMATE! Completely hilarious!!

  • N Waff says:

    March 5, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    The cardinal rule is to insulate yourself with Teflon so you’re never accountable for the corrupt actions you set in motion.

  • Redeemed52 says:

    March 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Good grief!! Trump accused Obama of wiretapping him. To say that Trump is right in that the NSA and others may have had the Trump campaign under observation (due to contacts with Russians) is bull. No, Trump is NOT right! All these comments by different people show that the intel community was listening to Trump.Campaign and that Obama had nothing with it.. Stop the BS!

  • N Waff says:

    March 5, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Fabricate collusion between Trump and the Russians. Establish an “independent investigation” to justify corrupt actions and insulate President Obama. The same corrupt heads of the justice department and FBI who let off Hillary Clinton will do the political bidding. Use the false charges to justify wiretapping Trump to sabotage his campaign. This from the same Obama Administration that used the IRS to harass and muzzle conservatives during the 2012 election.

  • Corrine says:

    March 6, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    B.O., Mr. Taqiyya, is slicker than wet Willie Clinton.

  • Buce says:

    March 11, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Time will bring out who is truly corrupt. I hope that the truth comes about speedily. As an independent voter i know both parties have their Watergate’s. Personally i see Clinton’s as dirty and Obama the maker and executer if our Benghazi diplinats. I would rather work with Russia to eliminste muslims than to support a known muslim traitor

  • AnnieRUOk says:

    March 14, 2017 at 4:14 am

    This article is complete BS.. President Obama was busy living his life. Anyhow now back to Russia’s blackmail on Trump and why is trump not putting travel ban against the countries responsible for terrorism?.. oh I forgot because his money is tied up there (ex Saudi Arabia) ????