Trump Didn’t Know How FISA Worked Before Making Obama Wiretap Claim, NYT
In a series of explosive pre-dawn tweets on March 4, president Donald Trump alleged that Barack Obama had his “wires tapped” ahead of the election. The claim was quickly shot down by the FBI as well as by Senate Democrats and Republicans alike.
But despite a total lack of evidence, Trump’s aides backed that wild claim, with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway telling “Fox and Friends” that as President, Trump “has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not.”
As usual, the administration’s story evolved over time, with Trump later saying he didn’t mean that he was literally wiretapped, and that it didn’t necessarily happen before the election.
As it turns out, Trump didn’t know how FISA worked before making his outrageous claim, the New York Times reported.
In its article, which chronicled Trump’s steep learning curve in the Oval Office, the Times reveals that the President did not understand the system that governs the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Obama would have needed to ask his Justice Department to request a FISA warrant to eavesdrop on a U.S. building like Trump Tower, which the court would have only granted if there was substantial evidence that the individuals that would be under surveillance were working as agents of a foreign power.
But Trump waited until after publicly accusing his predecessor of wiretapping his campaign headquarters to ask aides how Barack Obama would have been able to obtain a warrant to do so.
Typical, willfully ignorant, Trump.