Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly assured CNN on Monday that President Trump has “some convincing evidence” that the Obama adminstration ordered a wiretapping of Trump Tower before the election in 2016.
“If the president of the United States said that, he’s got his reasons to say it—he’s got some convincing evidence that that took place,” Kelly said on “The Situation Room” (video below).
Though the retired Marine Corps general expressed confidence that Trump had solid evidence to back his claim, he led into his comment by admitting he was not privy to exactly what Trump did or did not know, stating, “I don’t know anything about it other when I was sitting off-studio here watching CNN.”
Pressed by host Wolf Blitzer about what “possibly could that convincing evidence be,” Kelly either misheard the question or chose to redirect it.
“I don’t pretend to even guess what the motivation may have been for the previous administration to do something like that,” said Kelly.
A series of tweets by Trump early Saturday morning set off a political firestorm, resulting in a flood of reports by the establishment media slamming the president for leveling the accusation “with no evidence” as well as multiple reports presenting possible evidence of the Obama administration’s abuse of the federal intelligence agencies to target Trump. Here were the four tweets that lit the fire:
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!
I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to 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!
On Sunday, the White House called for a congressional investigation into Obama’s potential weaponization of the intelligence agencies against Trump. Now the question is: What evidence does Trump have for his accusation? While statements from the White House suggest he is basing his claim off of media reports rather than some inside knowledge, the White House is not backing down. Meanwhile, the American public has had the opportunity to enjoy another fake news frenzy.
More on Towergate from the Daily Wire:
Partial transcript via The Hill.