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Obama Rolls Eyes At Trump's Accusations Of Wiretapping

| by Sarah Zimmerman

Former President Barack Obama was reportedly irked at President Donald Trump's uncorroborated accusation that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration. 

A source close to the former president said that Obama "rolled his eyes" upon learning the accusations and thought that Trump's claim only succedeed to "undermine the integrity of the office," according to The Hill.

The controversy began on March 4 when Trump posted a tweet accusing his predecessor of wiretapping him during the 2016 election cycle,  ABC News reports.

"Terrible!" the tweet reads. "Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"

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Shortly after, Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced that the president is requesting that "congressional Intelligence committees ... determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016."

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says that the Obama administration did not order a wiretap into Trump Tower and that he is not aware of any foreign-intelligence court order authorizing one.

He told NBC's "Meet the Press" that if there was a wire tap, he "absolutely" would have known about it. However, he later walked back that claim, saying that while he didn't know of any wiretap activity in "the part of the national security apparatus that [he] oversaw," he "can't speak for other Title III authorized entities in the government or a state or local entity."

The source close to Obama reports that the former president is adamant that he "didn't do it" and isn't too concerned about Trump's accusations of wiretapping.

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"[Obama] is much more concerned by President Trump kicking people off health insurance, not staffing the government, not being prepared for a crisis, rolling back regulations so that corporations can pollute the air and water and letting mentally unstable people buy guns with no problems whatsoever," the source said. "He cares about all those things much more than what President Trump tweets at the TV each morning."

An official spokesperson for Obama responded to Trump's accusations shortly after they were posted online, saying, "A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice."

"As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false."

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asserts that Obama "could have done this" and that the American people need to "allow the House Intelligence Committee to do its job."

"All we're saying is let's take a closer look. Let's look into this. If this happened, if this is accurate, this is the biggest overreach and the biggest scandal [in the executive office]," said Sanders, according to ABC.

Sources: The Hill, ABC News / Photo credit: Jim Mattis/Flickr

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