Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly claimed today that President Trump has credible evidence that Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower in New York City in 2016. “If the president of the United States said that, he’s got his reasons to say it,” Kelly said Monday on CNN’s “The Situation Room." Speaking to host Wolf Blitzer, Kelly said, "[Trump’s] got some convincing evidence that that took place.”
On Saturday, Trump stated on Twitter Obama had his “wires tapped” at Trump Tower before Election Day last year. Media outlets have slammed the president for not immediately offering evidence to support his claim.
While Kelly, a former Marine general, said that he learned about Trump’s claims from watching CNN, he said he would not hazard a guess as to why the Obama might have wiretapped a 2016 presidential candidate. “I don’t know anything about it other when I was sitting off-studio here watching CNN,” he told Blitzer. “I don’t pretend to even guess what the motivation may have been for the previous administration to do something like that.”
Speaking for Obama, Kevin Lewis issued a statement that said that Trump’s claims are “simply false.”
“A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” he said in a statement.
"As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen.”