Democrats, cronies in media have no proof of collusion between Trump campaign and Russia, but demand absolute proof of Obama eavesdropping
March 06, 2017 | by Arthur Seaton
President Donald Trump’s tweet Saturday that former President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of phones in Trump Tower has ignited a firestorm in Washington. Obama, members of congress and the media have all weighed in on Trump’s assertion.
Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis roundly rejected Trump’s claims that the previous administration had ordered surveillance at his New York City residence.
“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” Lewis said. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
Rep. Adam Schiff,(D-Ca.) said that the “allegations follow a familiar if deeply disturbing pattern of behavior of distraction, distortion and downright fabrication.”
Asked about Trump’s tweet on CNN’s “State of the Union,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi(Ca.) remarked, “to make allegations and request an investigation is a “tool of an authoritarian.”” It’s just ridiculous for the president, President Trump, to say President Obama would ever order any wiretap of an American citizen, any president,” she said.
“We don’t do that. And so this is called the wrap-up smear,” she continued. “You make up something, and then you have the press write about it, and then you say everybody’s writing about this charge. It’s a tool of an authoritarian to just have you always be talking about what you want them to be talking about, rather than Russia.
The mainstream media’s reaction was pretty much the same. “Without proof” was the universal talking point among the pundits. CNN reported that Trump made the allegation “without offering evidence.” They also quoted “two former senior US officials,” without naming either one. They wasted no time declaring Obama innocent stating, “Trump falsely accuses Obama of wiretapping him.”
Media outlets have been unanimous in denouncing Trump and supporting Obama. Drop “CNN,” add another networks name and the result is exactly the same.
Even though Democrats and the media refuse to admit it, former President Obama has a long history of abusing his presidential power.
In 2010, the IRS targeted conservative groups such as the Tea Party who were applying for tax exempt status for their non-profit organizations. They issued a be on the lookout list for Tea Party organizations applying for tax-exempt status. In October 2010, IRS Exempt Organization chief Lois Lerner met with the DOJ about prosecuting conservative groups.
After years of investigations, resignations, and hearings, which led to the House of Representatives holding Ms. Lerner in contempt of Congress, the IRS finally admitted that “inappropriate criteria” were used for tax-exempt status.
In 2013, the Department of Justice, under Obama and Eric Holder secretly spied on a number of reporters at the Associated Press. The DOJ secretly obtained AP journalists’ phone records in what it claimed was an ongoing investigation into leaks of classified information. The feds seized the records of 20 phone lines. The reason for the seizure? The AP reported on the foiling of a terrorist plot before Holder could announce that his department had foiled the plot himself and receive all the accolades and praise.
The Department of Justice also targeted Fox News journalist James Rosen, seizing private email. Holders’ DOJ went so far as to seize the phone records of Rosens’ parents. To further attempt to intimidate Rosen, Holder threatened to charge him under the Espionage Act.
They also investigated Fox News investigative reporter William LaJeunesse and Fox News producer Mike Levine.
The Justice Department released documents to intimidate a whistle-blower in the Fast & Furious fiasco.
History shows that Obama has no problem with abusing his power as president.
Democrats are calling for public hearings in the investigation of possible links between Trump’s team and the Russians for the sole purpose of grandstanding. Nothing more, nothing less. Like another Senate Democrat said years ago, “It’s not whether the accusation is true or not, it’s the seriousness of the charge.”