“Nothing of the sort occurred,” Susan Rice said about allegations that the Obama Administration had wiretapped Trump Tower.
Former National Security Advisor to President Obama Susan Rice had previously said that the Obama administration never wiretapped Trump Tower, but a new report suggests the former president’s administration did just that.
CNN reported, “US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election.”
Manafort served as President Trump’s campaign manager briefly in 2016 and has a residence in Trump Tower.
PBS’s Judy Woodruff asked Rice about allegations leveled by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) that Trump transition officials, including the president, may have been swept up in surveillance of foreigners at the end of the Obama administration.
“I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today,” Rice responded. “And let’s back up and recall where we have been. The president of the United States accused his predecessor, President Obama, of wiretapping Trump Tower during the campaign. Nothing of the sort occurred, and we have heard that, confirmed by the director of the FBI, who also pointed out that no president, no White House can order the surveillance of another American citizen.”
“That can only come from the Justice Department, with the approval of a FISA court,” Rice concluded.
According to CNN’s reporting:
“A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014. It centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine’s former ruling party, the sources told CNN.”
“The surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence, according to one of the sources.”
“The FBI then restarted the surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended at least into early this year.”
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