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Obama’s Toast: Congress Begins Inquiry Into Trump Tower Wiretaps

Obama claims that the White House would never target a U.S. citizen for warrantless surveillance. "Okay".


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We're impressed by Obama's nonchalant attitude; now that he's a private citizen, you'd expect some of the hubris to wash off — especially if you're accused of wiretapping Trump Tower.

In response to Trump's allegation that Obama tapped the phones of his Manhattan skyscraper, an Obama spokesman release the following statement: "neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen."

Nancy Pelosi followed suit, and took to the airwaves with this: "It’s just ridiculous for the president — President Trump — to say that President Obama would ever order any wiretap of an American citizen — any president! We just don’t do that."

<figcaption>Good luck</figcaption>
Good luck

In other words: Obama kept a "kill list" that he reviewed every Tuesday; he assassinated American citizens using drones ("by accident"); he expanded the reach and lawlessness of the NSA; he signed off and turned a blind eye to the worst aspects of the Patriot Act.

But he would never, ever think about ordering a wiretap on an American telephone. Never.

Karma. It's a real thing, you know. As the Telegraph reports:

Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media and a Trump donor, said he had spoken to the president twice at the weekend about the wiretap allegations.

Mr Ruddy said: "I haven’t seen him this p----- off in a long time. When I mentioned Obama 'denials' about the wiretaps he shot back 'This will be investigated, it will all come out. I will be proven right'."

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Congressman Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, responded by confirming that his committee "will make inquiries into whether the government was conducting surveillance activities on any political party’s campaign officials or surrogates”.

The committee is already examining possible links between Russia and Mr Trump’s campaign.

Tom Cotton, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said it would also investigate Mr Trump's allegations.

He said: "We're going to follow the facts wherever they lead us and I'm sure that this matter will be a part of that inquiry."

Trump is rough around the edges. Maybe sometimes even a bit too cantankerous.

But he's no fool. And he would never risk pushing Congress to investigate fairy tale stories if there wasn't something there. Frankly speaking, he doesn't have the political capital to survive the aftermath of a Congressional investigation based on hot air.

With a loud minority of Americans screaming for his head on a pike, Trump realizes that he needs to go on the offensive — and exonerate himself.

It started with tweets. But it'll end with someone in handcuffs.

Too bad Obama is a wanted man in Venezuela. We hear the weather is great this time of year down there.


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