When Trump claimed he and his team had been wiretapped by the Obama administration during the campaign, the media swiftly ridiculed him.
Now in a recent report, CNN is taking back their words, according to Breitbart. On Monday CNN admitted that Obama did in fact wiretap Trump’s campaign chair, Paul Manafort, including his conversations with Trump.
In early March, Trump sent out a tweet claiming that he had been wiretapped by the former president. “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
The day before, a Breitbart article stated Mark Levin, radio host of The Mark Levin Show, claimed Obama was using “police state” tactics to undermine Trump’s campaign and secure the win for Hillary Clinton.
The article claimed that the Obama administration authorized wiretaps and other intelligence measures on Trump and his team based solely on allegations by Clinton’s team and other Democrats. Whatever information was found was leaked to the press in order to fuel the Trump and Russia collusion narrative, thereby undermining his legitimacy as a presidential candidate.
Major media outlets swiftly descended on the piece and Trump’s tweet, claiming it was a “conspiracy theory.” CNN rejected the claims, saying it was “an incendiary idea” and accused Levin of bad reporting.
Chris Cillizza, then with the Washington Post before moving to CNN, was concerned that Americans had bought into the conspiracy theories that had no connection. “The problem here, of course, is that what Levin – and Breitbart – use as evidence for these claims are a series of seemingly unconnected events,” he said.
According to Washington Examiner, shortly after Trump’s tweet, Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis blatantly said Obama did not wiretap anyone. “President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen”
Yet on Monday, CNN reported that the “conspiracy theories” were, in fact, true and seemingly proved that Lewis lied to reporters when he stated that there had been no “surveillance on any US citizen”.
The article titled, “Exclusive: US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman” states that the government was “snooping” from 2016 to this year and may have wiretapped conversations between Manafort and Trump.
It states that the FBI under the Obama administration continued a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act investigation into Manafort to determine if there was potential collusion with the Russians. It also stated that the FBI had “eavesdropped” on Trump’s former campaign advisor, Carter Page.
Sources within the FBI have openly admitted to CNN that under the Obama administration they were wiretapping Trump’s team, surveilling US citizens, and may have been listening in on conversations with Trump. CNN has stated that it was, in fact, a wiretapping.
CNN finally tells the truth: Obama did in fact wiretap Trump’s campaign. Does CNN owe Trump an apology?
This one article seemingly proves Levin and Breitbart’s claims while exposing Obama’s lies and CNN’s foolishness for considering it a conspiracy theory. What’s interesting here is there’s no concession that Trump’s claims were valid, but instead that the wiretapping was justified.
The article seems to claim that because of the Russia and Trump collusion allegations, and the supposed ties Manafort had to Russia, that the wiretapping was justified and necessary as part of an ongoing investigation.
This article demonstrates that what the media claims is the truth and conspiracy, is actually the opposite. Obama surveilling Trump’s team is a fact — not wild accusation. Trump colluding with Russia is the real conspiracy theory without any hard evidence or connections.