Democrats respond to Trump's wiretapping claim

March 4, 2017
In The News

Democrats are pushing back on President Trump’s Saturday morning claims that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower offices before the election.

While at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida for the weekend, Mr. Trump fired off a series of early morning tweets accusing President Obama, without citing evidence, of wiretapping Trump Tower. He described this as “Nixon/Watergate,” calling Mr. Obama a “bad (or sick) guy.”

Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser under Mr. Obama, denied Mr. Trump’s accusations and responded by saying presidents can’t order wiretaps:

 

No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you. https://t.co/lEVscjkzSw

 

— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) March 4, 2017

 

And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for an “investigation by an independent commission” into Mr. Trump and his campaign’ ties to Russia:

 

 

The Deflector-in-Chief is at it again. An investigation by an independent commission is the only answer.

 

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) March 4, 2017

 

Others, including former Vermont Gov. and DNC Chairman Howard Dean and Rep. Ted Lieu, D-California, pointed out on Twitter that if Mr. Trump’s allegations are true a judge would have had to find probable cause to approve the wiretap request:

 

 

This means a judge found probable cause that Trump was engaging in criminal activity and issued a warrant for a wire tap https://t.co/cj85vrd7hp

 

— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) March 4, 2017

 

Either @realDonaldTrump is paranoid like Nixon, or judge found probable cause of crime for #wiretap. Either way our President is in trouble.

 

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 4, 2017