Tucker Carlson on Fox News responded to CNN’s report of this week that Paul Manafort -- who served as director of then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016 -- was under FBI surveillance into 2017. Carlson said on Wednesday night, “Patronizing assurances that no one was spying on political campaigns were false, probably intentionally so.”
In March, President Trump tweeted his disgust over what alleged wiretaps of his campaign apparatus by the Obama administration. “Terrible!,” he tweeted, “Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” On the day after Trump’s tweets, Obama’s national intelligence director James Clapper told Chuck Todd of CBS that to his knowledge no such wiretap had been ordered under Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act guidelines. He answered, “Absolutely!” when asked whether he would have known of such surveillance of the Trump campaign, which was headquartered at Trump Tower.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Carlson said on his show: “Manafort, it ought to be noted, had an apartment inside Trump Tower at that time, so it is virtually certain that surveillance of him would have included other members of the Trump campaign staff, maybe even Trump himself. In other words, it looks like Trump's tweet may have been right. So why did three top members of Congress from both parties, and the country's top law enforcement officers all assure us that the surveillance didn't happen? That there wasn't a shred of evidence to suggest it had happened? Were they lying or did they simply not know? Neither answer is comforting.”
Carlson added, “Either the intelligence agency has gone rogue, pursuing its own goals without meaningful oversight from elected officials, or, our elected officials are colluding with each other to lie to the public, apparently for political reasons.”