Former President Obama spied on President Trump and on attorney general Jeff Sessions when he was a senator.
That’s what former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told Judge Jeanine Pirro.
Lewandowski said he’s aware of at least two instances when the Obama administration spied on Sessions when he met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak as a member of the Senate armed services committee.
Senators routinely meet with foreign ambassadors as part of their job and rarely get wiretapped during these conversations. Lewandowski suggested that Obama was overreaching when he spied on Sessions because talking with foreign leaders is normal.
“What we have seen from the previous administration is they did spend time listening to conversations between then-Senator Jeff Sessions and the ambassador to Russia while he was in his U.S. Senate office,” Lewandowski said. “If that took place – which supposedly it did – what other conversations are they listening in on?”
Lewandowski continued: “They were monitoring who (Sessions) was having a conversation with, from what I understand. If that is the case, that is very concerning. Is it possible that the previous administration was listening to the conversations that took place in Trump Tower from their political opponents? If that is the case, and what Donald Trump alludes to is accurate, that’s very disturbing.”
Judge Jeanine said she wasn’t aware of Obama having spied on Sessions, but is deeply disturbed by allegations that Obama had wiretapped Trump Towers to spy on Donald Trump when he was a private citizen.
President Trump made the explosion accusations on Twitter Saturday, when he compared the alleged wiretapping to “McCarthyism” and “Nixon/Watergate.”
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
An Obama rep denied the allegations in a carefully worded statement: “Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen.”
However, Obama’s statement left open the possibility that the FBI or other intelligence agency could have authorized the wiretapping at Obama’s request. Twitter reacted by pointing out that Obama previously spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. citizens, including members of the media.
One example is Fox News White House correspondent James Rosen. Obama spied on Rosen and his parents in 2013. Obama’s FBI even called James Rosen a criminal co-conspirator, even though he was never charged with a crime.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 5, 2017
Then there’s this:
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) March 4, 2017
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