Trump falsely accuses Obama of wiretapping him, backfiring on himself

I’ve been meaning to catch up on the plethora of lies coming out of Trump and his administration, but this latest news tipped the scale and forces an immediate post. We can come back to a more detailed list of recent lies later. They are frankly taking a lot of time to list!

Trump, in a storm of tweets, has accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower phones before he left office.

Not only has Obama and representatives strongly denied this, the president doesn’t have the authority to order wire taps. If the FBI was wire-tapping, it would have been done under court order which means there is probably cause for illegal activities going on. Trump is essentially pointing a loaded gun at himself. It’s completely irrational.

Trump offered no proof for his claims. ABC News has asked the White House for comment but has yet to receive a response.

The president’s tweets came after an article ran Friday on the right-wing news site Breitbart claiming that the Obama administration obtained authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign.

Later in the morning, Obama’s former deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, used Twitter to challenge Trump’s claims.

“No president can order a wiretap,” Rhodes, who continues to serve as a foreign-policy adviser to Obama post-presidency, said in one tweet. “Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you.”

In response to Trump’s suggestion that a good lawyer could make the case that Obama tapped his phones, Rhodes tweeted, “No. They couldn’t. Only a liar could do that.”

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