Of course earlier the President's spokesman also denied that he had any involvement in any such action against the Trump campaign:James Clapper: "There was no such wire tap activity amounted against" Donald Trump. #MTP pic.twitter.com/eNGFKe0vxY— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) March 5, 2017
"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," Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said in a statement Saturday. "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."
Which of course now leaves Donald Trump revealed as a conspiracy theory spouting madman.
Louise Mensch, who I identified as being the likely original source of the FISA story, tweeted this in response to Clapper's statement.
My own FISA story nowhere mentions a wiretap. Nor does @julianborger story nor does BBC story - but Trump "just learned" he was taped— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) March 5, 2017
It should be noted that though it is likely that Mensch's initial reporting was the impetus for all of this, that it was the Right Wing exaggerations which fired Trump up and sent him on that Twitter tantrum.There is a FISA warrant issued on the Alfa Bank server in Trump Tower and all comms between two Russian banks, any US persons involved. https://t.co/7FefUAiGlP— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) March 5, 2017
And those exaggerations were based on a misreading of the initial story, and of course a desire to put blame on the Obama Administration.
You can see that for yourself in this insane rant from Mark Levin on Fox News earlier today.
And now we have this.
Update: Comey chimes in!
Courtesy of the New York Times:
The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump’s phones, senior American officials said on Sunday. Mr. Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such statement.
Well that just left Trump to dangle in the wind all on his own.