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Did He Do It? Did Obama
Have Trump Wiretapped?

Yesterday, conservative commentator Mark Levin used evidence already in the public record to make a strong case that Barack Obama abused his government surveillance powers to spy on then-candidate Donald Trump. In two early-morning segments on Fox and Friends, Levin cited chapter and verse with characteristic vehemence and incisiveness. Meanwhile, President Trump roiled the political waters with a series of explosive tweets on Twitter in which he publicly accused Obama of resorting to police-state tactics in an attempt to undermine Trump's 2016 campaign.

“The evidence is overwhelming," said Levin. "This is not about President Trump’s tweeting. This is about the Obama administration spying, and the question is not whether it spied. We know they went to the FISA court twice. The question is who they did spy on and the extent of the spying that is the Trump campaign, the Trump transition, Trump surrogates.”

The big news after Trump’s disclosure was the fact that neither Obama nor any Obama administration officials denied that Trump’s offices were ever wire tapped.

Instead the press fixated on the narrow denial that Obama himself never ordered the wiretap. How believable is it that a major presidential candidate’s offices could be wiretapped and the president didn't know about it?

On "Meet the Press" James Clapper, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, denied any agency he personally oversaw, including the FBI, ever wiretapped Trump's offices. “To my knowledge,” he added. But wasn't it Clapper who testified under oath that the NSA never collected phone data on millions of Americans — a claim proven untrue by Edward Snowden's revelations?

The most important Clapper revelation? He told Chuck Todd the Obama intelligence agencies had found “no evidence” of collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russians.

If that's true, and Trump is right he was indeed wiretapped, it will only strengthen his argument that Obama administration officials improperly eavesdropped on his offices.

Trump will be justified when he claimed in his tweets that this was Nixon-style “Watergate” activities.

No one denies that the Russians egregiously interfered in the U.S. election. But remember this “act of war” unfolded under Obama — not under Trump. Obama did nothing to oppose Putin and the Russians despite his full knowledge of Russia’s active measures at the time they were happening. This wasn’t Trump’s fault. It's yet another example of Obama’s weakness.

The Russian interference, as serious as it was, did not change the election result. In fact, an argument could be made that it hurt Trump and helped Hillary. Hillary outperformed Obama’s 2012 results in many states. She cut Obama’s loss in Texas by half! Hillary’s problem was her campaign was a no-show in the five swing states that mattered.

Despite Clapper and others saying there's no evidence of a Trump-Russia collusion, the media is obsessively trying to concoct such a narrative. Stories are proliferating of the Russian ambassador’s contacts with the Trump campaign. But the truth is and always has been that campaigns deal all the time with foreign diplomats. There's nothing unusual or illegal about it. And considering Trump’s very open declaration that he wanted to reset U.S.-Russian relations, these contacts should not surprise anyone.