This is not the least bit funny.
The sitting President of the United States has just publicly accused his predecessor of having committed Watergate-level crimes. The accusations were not accompanied by any evidence whatsoever. In case you missed it, here are the charges:
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!
All of those are actual tweets from Donald J. Trump, and they cannot be allowed to go unchallenged. It will not be enough for former President Obama to issue a denial; these charges have to be investigated—as does the mental stability of our current so-called “President,” and I do not say that in jest.
Mark Levin, talk-radio pundit and Trump supporter, has amplified and detailed the allegations about Obama, as an article at Breitbart explains:
In summary: [Levin claims] the Obama administration sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign; continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found; then relaxed the NSA rules to allow evidence to be shared widely within the government, virtually ensuring that the information, including the conversations of private citizens, would be leaked to the media. Levin called the effort a “silent coup” by the Obama administration and demanded that it be investigated.
For once, I’m in agreement with Mark Levin: there needs to be an independent investigation.
According to Breitbart, Levin specifically alleges that, in June 2016, “The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.” Moreover, in October 2016, “The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found — but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons, Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.” 1
Our so-called “President” is clearly taking these claims at face value, accusing President Obama of having engaged in underhanded and likely illegal tactics during the campaign. In doing so, Trump makes reference to “McCarthyism,” but he clearly doesn’t understand the term: “McCarthyism” has nothing to do with government wiretaps, warranted or otherwise; it has to do with making reckless public allegations not backed by evidence.
This cannot be allowed to remain a “he said, he said” controversy. The Obama administration has to be held to account for its actions in this regard, and the Trump administration has to be held to account for its claims.
Seriously, people, this is about as big a FD as there can be: either our former President is guilty or our so-called “President” is lying (or, more charitably, irresponsibly passing along unfounded and libelous assertions).
We need to find out the truth here and we need to find it out now.
1 FISA requests have to be accompanied by evidence of "reasonable cause"; Levin is claiming that a first request by the Obama administration was turned down, but a second narrower request was granted. This suggests that the administration had sufficient evidence to convince a FISA court that Trump was potentially compromised by the Russians; that's also something that the public has a right to know.