One of the most questionable presidencies our country has faced was when Richard Nixon took office from 1969 to 1974. His most notable controversy was the Watergate scandal. Could President Obama be facing the same sort of controversy with just 40 some days out of his term? It looks that way as President Trump has made a serious allegation towards the 44th President of the United States, Tweeting out this weekend that President Obama wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the campaign and the election.
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
To gather the understanding that the American people are looking for, Fox News reports that “On Sunday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement in part saying such reports are “very troubling” and that Trump wants congressional intelligence committees, as part of their investigations into Russian activity, “to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.”
The allegations are very serious indeed. Much like the allegations that Senator McCarthy would make if a person even said the word “Russian”. According to the New York Times, F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Obama ordered the wiretapping. Going on to say that the allegations are false and shouldn’t carry any weight. Of course, this is the same F.B.I director that ordered the investigation into Hilary Clinton email scandal to only rescind the investigation days later although the evidence was clear.
James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence told NBC News’ Chuck Todd how he feels about the allegations that the President has made.
“For the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as [director of national intelligence], there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect, at the time, as a candidate or against his campaign. I can’t speak for other Title III-authorized entities in the government, or a state or local entity”.
Whether or not this is true, Arkansas Senator Cotton Spoke with Fox News stating that along with the inquiries made on the activity that Russia had a hand in the 2016 Presidential election, the Senate National Intelligence Committee will gather what facts and evidence that may come across.
To the Country, these allegations just put another tac in the already ruffled viewpoint that Americans have about our Government. Nobody wants to ever believe that the men and women that help make the decisions our country moves in to be corrupt. However, over many years Presidents have promised many things and more often than not they haven’t delivered.