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Ex-CIA Chief: Obama Couldn’t Have Wiretapped Trump Because That Would Be Illegal

Michael Hayden, the former National Security Advisor, and CIA Director, has dismissed allegations that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign in 2016.

“In the 1970s, we took the authority to direct that action out of the hands of the president and we put it in the hands of the federal court system,” Hayden explained on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” after responding “no” to if it was possible for Obama to order a wiretap.

“So the only part of the U.S. government, which has the authority, the only part of the U.S. government that can grant the authority to do that, is a federal judge,” Hayden added.

“As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen,” Kevin Lewis, a spokesperson for Obama, said in a statement. “Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

On the subject of the Wikileaks report on the CIA using smart televisions to spy on homeowners, Kevin Lewis explained “I can tell you that these tools would not be used against an American.”

This isn’t the first time Obama has come under scrutiny for ordering surveillance.

In April and May of 2012, the Department of Justice obtained phone records of editors and staff of the Associated Press. These records covered more than 20 separate phone lines and listed outgoing calls for both work and personal phones used by members of staff at AP.

“Obtaining a broad range of telephone records in order to ferret out a government leaker is an unacceptable abuse of power.”

“Freedom of the press is a pillar of our democracy, and that freedom often depends on confidential communications between reporters and their sources,” said Ben Wizner director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project when the intrusion happened.

Source:
The Hill
Wired

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. kamenetz

    March 9, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Ummm, 0zero does everything that’s “illegal”…. as in supporting illegal immigration, illegal wire tapping, illegal gun running (Fast & Furious, whatever went on in Libya, along with an assist from Butcher of Benghazi), and on and on…

  2. Peter Wiggin

    March 9, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Funny, that’s not what FBI director Comey says…

  3. Thomas Crane

    March 9, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Colbert is such a shill for the Obama shadow government.

    • Samuel Rothenberg

      March 9, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      I think Obama was too. He was a weak president who didnt have the force to fight deep state.

    • Julie Shaw

      March 10, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Colbert’s father was a shill for the shadow government as well.

  4. Adam Allen

    March 9, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    wait did he just (in a round about way) admit that the Vault 7 leaks are real?

  5. mgabrysPHX

    March 9, 2017 at 1:58 pm

  6. Jeff Tracy

    March 9, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    That giggling old queen was director of the CIA and a National Security Advisor? That explains a lot.

  7. Lince Ibérico

    March 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    since when a ex cia chief can be trusted on anything he might say when cia plots are being discovered since 9/11? cia lost its credibility.

  8. Nikki

    March 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Talk about laughing out loud! I think the only things Obama ever did while President was illegal and golfing.

  9. SkepticalQuery

    March 9, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Who is John Gault and who is James Rosen?

  10. DEPLORABLE Grandma Susan

    March 9, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Oh, well, now I’m convinced that Obama had NOTHING to do with trying to destroy my President with his lies, his hypocrisy and his continued breaking of our laws!

    sarc/off

  11. Julie Shaw

    March 10, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Oh noooooo, the CIA would never do anything illegal now would they. *cough* Mujahideen *cough* *cough* rigging fucking foreign elections *cough* fuck the fake cough, running drugs from Viet Nam, Manuel Noriega, Operations Mockingbird, Paperclip, Northwoods, MKULTRA, Project Bluebird, etc. nooooooooo not the CIA….

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