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Sunday, March 5, 2017

POTUS calls for congressional probe into wiretapping of his campaign

The Trump administration called for congressional investigations on Sunday, into his claim the Obama administration orchestrated an attempt to gain information on then-GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement: "Reports concerning potentially motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling . . . President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committee exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016."

In a reflexive tweet Mr. Trump wrote: "Who was it that secretly said to Russian President, 'Tell Vladimir that after the election I'll have more flexibility?'"

Spicer's statement comes after President Trump's explosive allegation that former President Obama ordered phones wiretapped at Trump Tower and added that nobody in his administration "will comment further until such oversight is conducted."

Trump's wiretap allegations in a bunch of tweets Saturday, along with the White House statement, are the latest developments in the "Vladimir Putin is trying to influence the U.S. election for Trump over his rival and shrew, Hillary Clinton" controversy. 

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had to resign over this situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any DoJ probe in the matter because it was learned that he spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak after a gaggle of Democrats did the same.

"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism," the president tweeted Saturday.

And then he tweeted again: "Is it legal for a sitting president to be 'wire tapping' a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!"

It isn't clear to whom Mr. Trump was directing the legal question, but we can rule out Alan Dershowitz and Rosie O'Donnell.

And then he tweeted again that a "good lawyer could make a great case of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to election!"

And again: "How low has President Obama gone to tap (sic) my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!" he said, overusing exclamation points and asking rhetorical questions, as he often does.

Obama denied Trump's accusation that he had Trump's phones tapped weeks before the November election. But that doesn't mean he didn't have someone else do it for him--like Loretta "How-are-your-grandkids-Bill" Lynch.

But Kevin Lewis, an Obama towel boy and caddy, refuted the idea that Lynch or Obama had anything to do with the alleged wiretapping. "Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply racist false."

So deniable plausibility aside, it's possible that the FBI or an outside source did the tapping.

In a Breitbart article on Friday it claimed the Obama administration made two Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) requests last year to monitor Trump's communications and a computer server in Trump Tower. The purpose was to determine if there were links with Russian banks.

No evidence of such links were found. Nada. Zilch.

Trump, on Sunday, has again attacked Obama saying he colluded with Russia.

Brilliant strategy: throw the grenade back at him.