Obamas Appear Unfazed By Trump's 'Wiretapping' Charge (Photos)


People couldn't help but notice how relaxed Former First Couple Barack and Michelle Obama appeared after President Donald Trump's accusations that his predecessor had tapped his Trump Tower phones during the campaign run-up to the election.

The Obamas were photographed leaving the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., on Mar. 5, smiling and seemingly unaffected by the unsupported claims, The Daily Mail reports.

President Trump has not yet offered proof to back his claims that Obama wiretapped his campaign staff's phones. He asked Congress on Mar. 5 to help find evidence of his charges. 

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But observers say the president risks tarnishing his image, especially if the Senate and House intelligence committees uncover injurious information about his staff, person and/or associates. 

However, Republican Congressional leaders seemed willing to cooperate in helping the president look for evidence.

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On Mar. 4, Trump tweeted that Obama had tapped his phones at Trump Tower, the headquarters for his electoral campaign and his private residence. 

James Clapper, Obama's director of national intelligence, said there is no indication the wiretapping had taken place. 

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"Absolutely, I can deny it," said Clapper, who left his intelligence position in January. Other Obama spokespeople further rejected the President's allegation.

FBI director James Comey also took the additional step of asking the Justice Department to openly dismiss the accusation, senior officials said, The New York Times reports. 

Comey said the claim must be publicly rejected because it falsely suggests the FBI was breaking the law, the officials said. The Justice Department has yet to issue a statement correcting Trump on the matter. 

The President's claims parallel those made by conservative host Mark Levin, who on Mar. 2 stated Obama employed "police state" strategies against Trump in the last few months of his presidency. 

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Mar. 5 stated Trump's accusations were founded on "very troubling" reports "concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election." 

Spicer did not answer specific questions about the reports he mentioned.

The White House wants Congress to "exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016," Spicer said. 

Trump's press secretary said the White House would refrain from commenting on the matter until investigations have wrapped. 

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called Trump's accusation an autocratic move.

"It's called a wrap-up smear. You make up something. Then you have the press write about it. And then you say, everybody is writing about this charge. It's a tool of an authoritarian," Pelosi said. 

Sources: The Daily Mail, The New York Times / Photo credit: Olivier Douliery/TNS via Star Tribune

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