Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Trump Tower taps: What did Hillary know and when did she know it? BY VICTOR SKINNER

President Donald Trump’s claims about his predecessor tapping Trump Tower are providing new context for Hillary Clinton’s attempts to smear her opponent during the 2016 election and raising questions about her knowledge of the alleged operation.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump tweeted early Saturday morning.
“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process,” he continued. “This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
Obama denied the allegations, as did his top aides and government intelligence officials, but a steady stream of accusations of Russian ties to Trump and his advisors that started shortly before the election and continues today makes the denial difficult to believe.
According to The New York Times:
During the transition, the F.B.I. — which uses FISA warrants to eavesdrop on the communications of foreign leaders inside the United States — overheard conversations between the Russian ambassador to the United States and Michael T. Flynn, whom Mr. Trump had named national security adviser.
Mr. Trump has pointedly and repeatedly questioned in conversations how it was that Mr. Flynn’s conversations were recorded, and wondered who could have issued a warrant.
After The Washington Post reported that Mr. Flynn and the ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, had discussed sanctions that the Obama administration had just imposed on Russia, Mr. Flynn was pushed out of his post by the White House because he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of the calls.
Hillary Clinton’s Twitter activity during the 2016 campaign, re-examined in the context of Trump’s wire-tapping claims, also raises questions about her knowledge of the alleged monitoring.

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