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Friday, March 10, 2017

'President Obama would not do that': Pelosi says Trump's wiretapping claim 'couldn't possibly be true'- and FBI Director Comey should come out and say so

Before you read this. Remember what the 'Rock Solid Authority On All Things' said about Trump prior to the election. 

And also recommended voting for ObamaCare to find out what's in it. And I would pay $375,000 for a home based solely on a photo of the front door.


House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says there's no way that former President Barack Obama had Donald Trump wiretapped in the lead up to the election, and FBI Director James Comey should say so. 

A member of the House Intelligence Committee, Pelosi questioned whether Trump understands the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law that allows the government to monitor the calls of foreign agents suspected of terrorism or espionage.

'President Obama would not do that,' she told reporters attending a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. 'We do not use FISA against the American people.'

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters attending a Christian Science Monitor breakfast that there's no way that former President Barack Obama had Donald Trump wiretapped in the lead up to the election, and FBI Director James Comey should say so

Trump has provided no evidence that Obama had his calls monitored. 

And while several news reports indicated that FBI could have been spying on his business in connection with a probe into his alleged ties to the Russians, the White House has provided no direct evidence of that, either. 

Any surveillance of Trump Tower would require a court order.

In accusing Obama of having him spied on, Trump suggested that the former president committed a felony. 

Pelosi said Trump's claim 'couldn't possibly be true.' 

His business may have been the target of an FBI investigation, she said, 'But we really don't know...I can't know in a way that I can say here.'

The Democratic leader encouraged FBI Director Comey to address Trump's allegations openly if he has information that contradicts the president.

'Theoretically do I think that a director of the FBI, who knows for a fact that something is mythology but misleading to the American people, and he should set the record straight? Yes I do think he should say that publicly.'

Comey has not commented on the matter directly, although more than one published report has said that he pushed the Justice Department to refute Trump's claim.

The White House has also urged Comey to issue a firm statement, yet he hasn't.

Yesterday evening Comey met with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill, including Pelosi, who are part of what is known as the 'Gang of Eight' to perform a routine national security briefing. 

The California congresswoman said she was unable to comment on that discussion while affirming that she again called for an independent commission 'to investigate the Russian connection.'

'What did the Russians have on Donald Trump that has him talking about flirting with the idea of not having sanctions on Russia, undermining the START treaty, even belittling the greatness of America, as he does, so what's that about?' 

Pelosi suggested Sunday that Trump made the wiretapping allegation against Obama as distraction tactic, saying on Twitter that 'misdirection is a tool of authoritarians.'

Speaking about the charge at Friday's invite-only breakfast, she again wondered, 'What is going on there?

Comey, seen here on Wednesday in Boston, has not commented on Trump's charges on the record. But more than one published report has said that he pushed the Justice Department to refute Trump's claim

'I mean really, I think that he crossed the line with that,' she said. 'But it's red meat for his base. You know they believe almost anything he says.'

The House minority leader brought up Trump's campaign claim that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue in New York and still have his voters' support. His charge against Obama is a similar test, she said.

'He's shooting the truth on Fifth Avenue, or Mar-a-Lago, wherever he happens to be, occasionally at the White House,' she said.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Tuesday that he has not been presented with evidence to back up Trump's assertion on Twitter Saturday.

'We are supposed to be kept up to speed on any pertinent counterintelligence investigation,' he said. 'If Trump or any other political campaign, or anybody associated with Trump, was under some type of investigation, that clearly should have risen to the Gang of Eight level.'

Still, he said the committee will look into the allegation, as the White House has requested.

Pelosi said Friday that intelligence panel shouldn't be spending its time investigating the charge.

'No. They should be investigating the Russian connection to undermine our democracy. That's what they should be investigating,' she said.

'This is, you throw out something, and say waste your time investigating something.'

Continuing, Pelosi said of the Trump charge, 'It couldn't possibly be true. It couldn't possibly be true, because that is not how our system works.'

'So, if you're talking about a FISA, as a president, I'm not even sure he understands the whole FISA thing. Maybe he does, but it's complicated,' she argued. 'But if he does, good for him, that would be one.'


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