There is a clear connection between Donald Trump’s tweets accusing Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower, and accusations of Mark Levin on his radio show.
The accusations of Mark Levin were picked up by Breitbart News, the “news” source owned by Steve Bannon, a right-wing media provocateur. Bannon is now the President’s senior counselor and chief West Wing strategist. By appointing Bannon, Trump signals his embrace of the fringe ideology long advanced by Mr. Bannon and of a continuing disdain for the Republican establishment. Bannon has clearly fed into Trump’s tendency toward paranoid thoughts, and the perception that everyone is out to get him. Bannon is a dangerous force in the Oval Office, having a history of peddling or being complicit in white supremacy, anti-Semitism and sexism in the articles published on the alt-right website he oversaw, Breitbart. Bannon himself has made controversial statements about women and homosexuals.
The Washington Post has documented the connection between the Breitbart Story and the radio show of Mark Levin. On Thursday Levin outlined the known steps taken by President Barack Obama’s administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and, later, his new administration. The troubling accusations were made based on Court approval of FBI request for warrants. The allegations,if true, were against the FBI, not President Obama. The mere fact that a Court Order was issued (if it was) would indicate that there was probably cause to justify the wiretap, that it was issued by a Judge not Obama, and that it was issued at the request of the FBI, not President Obama. Even Levin didn’t say that President Obama has anything to do with the request or issuance of wiretapping warrants. However when Breitbart reported the story of what Levin SAID, the allegations were reported as:
“Radio host Mark Levin used his Thursday evening show to outline the known steps taken by President Barack Obama’s administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and, later, his new administration.” When Trump tweeted the allegations, they morphed from the “Obama administration” to a direct attack on President Obama, comparing him to Nixon and the Watergate scandal :
How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
— President Trump, tweet, March 4, 2017
Trump has been asked to provide substantiation of the allegations against President Obama. No proof has been provided. President Obama has specifically denied the claims.
Other Republicans have admitted that they are unaware of any proof that these wild accusations are true.
There is “zero proof” that the assertions of Trump are accurate.
James Comey the FBI Director has also expressly denied the claims. Yet Donald Trump’s administration continues to insist that former President Barack Obama ordered Trump Tower to be wiretapped . Here is FBI Director James Comey’s denial of such activity. Obama’s former intelligence director James Clapper said he had ‘no knowledge’ of a FISA court order allowing the surveillance of Trump Tower
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday whether Trump accepts Comey’s reported request for the Department of Justice to “publicly reject” the president’s unfounded statement.
“No, I don’t think he does,” she replied.
Yet Trump’s team continued to dig into the claims on Monday, while still providing no definitive proof.
“This is a storyline that has been reported by quite a few outlets,” Trump aides have asserted. Stephanopoulos repeatedly pressed her for evidence, but she had none.
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, insisted on Fox News that Trump has “information and intelligence” to back up his claims.
“He’s the president of the United States,” she said. “He has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not, and that’s the way it should be.”