Yesterday the Department of Justice requested more time to gather evidence of the alleged wiretaps on Donald Trump’s communications during last year’s election. After Trump made a series of tweets claiming that Obama ordered wiretaps on Trump Tower for the purpose of gathering inside information to be used against him, lawmakers initiated an investigation into the allegations.
On Monday the House Intelligence Committee announced they would give the DOJ until March 20th to complete their investigation into claims that Obama ordered the wiretaps on Donald Trump during the election.
However, as Fox News reports, evidence of wiretaps on Trump Tower may be more elusive than lawmakers realize, as Judge Napolitano suggests that Obama could have used foreign spy agencies in order to not leave “fingerprints” of the wiretaps.
On “Fox & Friends” this morning, Judge Andrew Napolitano said that even if the Obama administration did spy on Trump, there may never be a way to prove it.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 13, 2017
Napolitano explains that Obama had the power to order the wiretaps of Trump, or any American citizen for that matter, yet there would be a paper trail and evidence of those spying operations left behind.
[Napolitano] explained that the statutes allow the president to order the surveillance of any person in the U.S., without suspicion, probable cause or a warrant, but that would leave “fingerprints.”
In this case, the alleged surveillance was reportedly ordered in a way that left no record, he said.
“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command,” Napolitano said. “He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI, and he didn’t use the Department of Justice.”
Instead, Napolitano said, Obama used GCHQ, a British intelligence and security organization that has 24-7 access to the NSA database.
“There’s no American fingerprints on this,” Napolitano said. “What happened to the guy who ordered this? Resigned three days after Donald Trump was inaugurated.”
Napolitano alleges that three intelligence sources have confirmed that Obama sought outside spy agencies (specifically British intelligence) to perform wiretaps on Trump, rather than using the CIA or FBI and risk the operation being discovered in the future.
This may present an problem for Trump upon completion of the Justice Department’s investigation, as if they announce that no evidence was found, the media will latch onto this finding in order to further attempt to delegitimize Trump. The press would claim his explosive comments were dangerous, inflammatory and present a risk to national security, which they would use to discredit any further claims of abuses under Obama.
In actuality, if Obama did use outside spy agencies such as the GCHQ, Trump would be wise to leverage his influence to obtain evidence from the British to prove the wiretaps took place. After all, Obama surely learned some creative ways to bypass American laws throughout his 8 years in office, and undoubtedly utilized all assets available to achieve his goals.